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March 19 2014

The Friends of Tide Mills have just completed its March meeting. In brilliant wall-to wall sunshine and managed a mammoth 35 bags of rubbish and an amount of heavier, bulkier items; a fantastic effort by anybody's reckoning.

Jim Miller from the organisation reports: “We again left Tide Mills in very good heart and hopefully all visitors will agree, and despite this atrocious and unprecedented weather of late, it looks fantastic and just in time for the first true signs of spring. Some of the vegetated shingle plants are starting to emerge and the skylarks are active; fantastic.

“Visitors will continue to be concerned about the EA lorries and diggers removing shingle from the Tide Mills beach front, as emergency shoring up work for Seaford beach. The EA has again assured us that both the vegetated shingle habitat and land behind will not be compromised, but of course this frustrating ongoing situation still needs to be monitored and hopefully one day we will have a permanent, sustainable beach maintenance scheme introduced.

“We were very pleased to have the assistance of Seaford Lifeguards, who used their quad bikes to transport the litter sacks back to the level crossing for us, which was very much appreciated.

“Our next meeting is Sunday April 20th (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. Our meetings normally last for two hours, but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. More information from me at or our website at”