Wealden District Council

Project Leads

Neil Smith

Usage research and developing an evidence base

Resources for Change are working with Wealden District Council to explore the current usage of the Cuckoo Trail.  Led by Neil, the work will help to inform the council’s strategic plans and provide an evidence base for considering improvements along the trail.

The Cuckoo Trail runs for 11 miles along the route of a disused railway track, linking three of the District’s larger towns – Heathfield, Hailsham and Polegate and passing through the villages of Horam and Hellingly.

The trail is popular with walkers, cyclists, horse riders, nature lovers and dog-walkers.  It also links a number of industrial estates in the towns which it links, so it has the potential to become a commuter route, and there is significant amounts of housing development alongside portions of the trail.

Our work will help Wealden District Council to understand better who uses the trail and why, gathering their thoughts on how they would like to see the trail develop.  We will use a wide-range of strategies to engage with the public, with approaches adapted to ensure the public’s and our safety during the pandemic.