Riverside Park

The park provides 18 hectares of open access.

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What you will find

A unique, largely brownfield site with a strong sense of place. At the fringes the site blends well into the local wetland landscape character of the lower Ouse Estuary. There is a fairly strong sense of enclosure within the site, although the panoramic views lend a feeling of openness and space.

A wide range of habitats exist. At lower levels there are ponds, ditches and reed beds. As you rise you travel through bare ground, herb rich grassland, scrub and trees. The wildlife experience is now varied as the site has matured.

About 2 hectares of the site is flat ground with a football pitch in the centre. A children’s playground is situated at the south end. These areas are owned and managed by Lewes District Council.

Walking, cycling and access

The site is widely used by dog walkers, who are asked to take waste away them, and cyclists. There is also use of the football pitch and playground.

A disabled access foot and cycle path leads north towards Piddinghoe. It has been designed in accordance with the ‘BT Countryside for All’ guidance.

How to get there

There is currently no car or cycle parking. The Lewes – Peacehaven bus passes close by.

Management and History

The area was opened as a landfill site by Newhaven Urban District Council in 1963. The tip was also used by Lewes District Council and ESCC as responsibilities changed. The site closed in September 1981 when restoration began. The site was restored by ESCC’s Landscape Team and passed to the Countryside Maintenance Team in April 2005.

It now holds a range of vegetation and some very interesting ecology. It is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI).

The site is now owned jointly between ESCC and LDC (who are responsible for about 3 hectares).