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Started in 1972 to raise money for local needs, since then sixty seven charities have benefited by over £800,000 (today’s value).
This year the 44th will open on Saturday 2 April, every day 10.00 am to 5.00pm until Sunday 8 May. Admission charge is £5.00 adults, £4.50 Seniors, £2.00 children (3-16yrs), Family £12.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children).
Twenty two local charities will provide light lunches and refreshments, plus welcoming our visitors. Twelve mobility scooters are available free for those with walking difficulties, thus they are able to visit this 23 acre ancient oak wood along a path which is about three quarters of a mile, fairly level with seats every 150 metres, gravelled for the mobility scooters to cope in any weather.
Visitors over a period see the white wood anemones against the backdrop of the green leaves of the emerging bluebells, a period of white, green and blue from the early bluebells and finally the masses of English bluebells dominate the woodland floor, which on a warm day have their unique fragrance.
The other six Walks are over farm land and one can view milking of a 400 cow herd, but it is 3 miles there and back! Children can see close up, mother sheep & their lambs, pigs, angora goats, and baby chicks, also a Quiz Sheet to take as they walk round.
There is a Photographic Competition, Memorial Book, Memorial Glade, Plant Stall, Farm Shop, Picnic area, free car parking, dogs welcomed but on leads to prevent disruption to the wild life.
Delicious refreshments are served throughout the day, provided by one of 17 Registered Charities involved this yea r. We invite you to join the Friends of Arlington Bluebell Walk, to enter the Photographic competition and a childrens quiz. See farm animals and cows being milked. Enjoy the wonderful flora and fauna of this unspoilt part of East Sussex and the lovely views of the countryside and South Downs.
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