Taking A Line For A Walk

Start at the Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, BN20 8ES

Date & Time: Wednesday 25th September, 11.30 AM – 3.30 PM

Event partner: The School of Art, The University of Brighton, Eastbourne Borough Council.

Landscape Artist Phil Tyler agrees with Paul Klee that Drawing is like taking a line for walk. Phil, along with micro adventurer Antonia Lucas, will be ready to embrace the day’s weather as it’s sure to influence how festival goers interpret the land and sky scape above Eastbourne as they walk, talk and draw their route from the Eastbourne Downland Golf Course to Butts Brow and back. The Eastbourne Downland Group are delighted to be collaborating with the University of Brighton’s School of Art in this festival first.

About the Eastbourne Downland Group

The Eastbourne Downland Group (EDG) formed in 2017 following a successful campaign to keep the Eastbourne Downland Estate in public ownership.

The EDG is pleased to support the Eastbourne and Lewes Walk Fest now in its third year. The group’s mission: to facilitate world class walks and year-round events that are informative, entertaining and inspiring and to make them accessible to all. EDG aims to reach the widest possible audience and to create events that are inclusive.

EDG’s ambition is to establish a town-wide learning and participation programme that supports the education of all ages on land management, and the conservation of the environment. Over the next decade EDG will work towards producing events to celebrate the centenary of the Eastbourne Downland Estate in 2029.

EDG are grateful to have received support with the creation and realisation of this year’s quartet of Walk Fest events from the following: Eastbourne Borough Council, The Hydro Hotel,  South Downs National Park Authority, The Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, The Art School, The University of Brighton, Bob Edgar and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

For more information contact: eastbournedownlandgroup@gmail.com


Eastbourne Downland Group’s Walk Fest Guides

Phil Belden

Phil Belden is a Chartered Environmentalist, with two score years of experience dedicated to Protected Areas. Until recently, he held a directorial role in the South Downs National Park Authority. He is currently advising the Sussex Wildlife Trust. After briefly flirting with a City career, Phil switched to the Environment working first for Dorset Heritage Coast. Whilst with Suffolk Coast & Heaths he co-founded the Sandlings Group, to conserve Suffolk heathland and set up innovative urban-fringe education initiatives. Following his move to Sussex he established the Seven Sisters Marine Conservation Area and developed the South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service. He orchestrated the lobby to achieve Environmentally Sensitive Area status for the South Downs, enabling chalk grassland conservation, woodland and wetland management. He has worked on National Trails, recreation and tourism initiatives, and he progressed the campaign for National Park status. He is a founder member of the Eastbourne Downland Group.