Whitehawk's chalky mascot in full flight again

Posted On 20 Apr 2010 at 9:15 am

The hawk carved into the grassland above Whitehawk in Sheepcote Valley has been given a new lease of life.

The chalk bird was first created in the summer of 2001 by local artists Same Sky, who worked with the Friends of Sheepcote Valley to create a symbol for Whitehawk.

The figure was maintained by Same Sky and local volunteers every year until 2008 – but after that, Same Sky were unable to continue and the hawk became a tad neglected.

But now, whitehawk.uk.net reports, a working party put together by the friends and including community development project Serendipity Enterprising Solutions, local residents, scouts,  police, community wardens and park rangers has restored it to its former glory over a couple of Saturdays.

Bernard Evans, one of the Friends, told The News: “Serendipity expressed interest in organising a
scouring event, and FSV agreed to ask their members to assist. After a couple of Saturday sessions the job has been done and the figure is shining again.

“Serendipity are willing to continue their interest in the figure, and this year’s volunteers also appear keen, so further annual events should occur.

He added: “Local interest is varied – most of the active valley users approve, and interest shown by neighbours and visitors does help promote the valley.

“FSV are pleased to see the figure survive, and will fully back Serendipity in this task.”

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