A network of pathways on the edge of Burgess Hill are protected for future generations to enjoy after being made into Public Rights of Way.
The bridleways, which run through Malthouse Lane Meadows and Pangdean Lane Meadows, have been improved to make them suitable for walkers, cyclists, joggers and horse riders.
The new Public Right of Way status means they are protected by law as a permanent part of the Burgess Hill countryside.
Dominic Moore, chairman of The Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network, said: “I’m really pleased to see this stage completed. People will be relieved to know that this network is now made up of officially protected rights of way.
“We all look forward to the final completion of the Green Circle Network around the whole town in future years, to the great benefit of wildlife and the community.”
Mid Sussex District Council owns the land and shares the maintenance of the new bridleways with West Sussex County Council.
The changes extend the County Council’s network of Public Bridleways into Burgess Hill, making it easier for cyclists and horse riders in the town to reach the countryside.
The bridleways form part of the Burgess Hill Green Circle Network, a group of green spaces on the edge of the town that are connected together using safe routes with no vehicles.
Local volunteers work with Mid Sussex District, West Sussex County and Burgess Hill Town councils to protect the network and the countryside around the town.
This helps the wildlife move between areas safely and makes it easier for people to enjoy the varied habitats and landscapes.
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