Alan Paterson, of the Wye Future Group, has sent us this piece of news about the organisation’s latest fund-raising activities:
Wye Future Group’s Sponsored Walk on Sunday was a huge success with over £2,250 raised so far. On one of this summer’s hottest days, some 50 walkers enjoyed the magnificent views from both the top of Wye Crown and the Devils Kneading Trough. The 5-mile route went along the ridge of the downs from the start and finish point at Wye Village Hall, returning on footpaths across the Imperial College estate.
The youngest walker was five-year-old Daniel Dunlop and the oldest was Peter Jenkins aged 70. Wye Brownie Maria Grant, aged 10, raised £35 and was typical of the villagers who feel so strongly about the future of the Wye locality.
Wye Future Group seeks to restrict Imperial College over their stated aim of building on several hundred acres of agricultural land in the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but supports the regeneration of the Wye campus for educational purposes by building on a scale and nature appropriate to the AONB, on the many acres of brownfield land they also own.
WFG Chairman Ben Moorhead said on completing the course ‘The walk has reminded me that the best way of persuading anyone of the outrageousness of Imperial’s Vision is to take them to see the land involved from the Crown.’
Funds raised by Wye Future Group so far exceed £11,000 and any further donations are welcome and can be sent to WFG c/o the Treasurer Ernst Emmerich Fielders Folly, Cherry Garden Lane, Wye TN25 5AR.