Extinction or rebellion…

Yesterday I went along to an Extinction Rebellion meeting in Ringmer village hall.    There were about 80 people I guess, most over 65 and willing to change.

It was very well run, informative with a mix of scary facts (which we all know) and definite action.

Their message is very inclusive, non violent and disruptive.

At a personal level I feel very strongly about the environment, I know there is something not right.

I have lived in Glynde for 7 years now, a small village in the South Downs. We moved from Hove where we had been for the previous 15 years.

I got to the stage where I couldn’t look out of my back window at more buildings without feeling trapped and blocked in.

I now look out onto space and green fields. I see a whole variety of birds, not just seagulls (15 types in just 10 minutes this morning), I see slow worms, glow worms, butterflies, badgers, hummingbird moths, woodpeckers, hedgehogs, and all just 10 miles from Brighton and Hove.


In Hove I saw grey, concrete, the odd bit of green space. I saw the security guard at our local Sainsburys stubbing his cigarette out on a lone, small, struggling tree.

I saw huge seagulls, everywhere. I saw trees tarmaced in, lucky if they had a square metre of soil.

I speak to people in Glynde who remember fields of hares (I have never seen one here, I saw one in Yorkshire once). They remember glow worms (plural) on the daffodil bank, I just see one at a time.

At yesterday’s meeting one of the scientists who was speaking said he has 2 young children. He doesn’t even know if his grandchildren will see a butterfly. A butterfly.  Not a tiger. Not a polar bear. A butterfly. There may not be butterflies around in some of our lifetimes.


We all choose who to believe. There will always be someone who can ‘prove’ whatever we want to believe.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) was founded in 1988 to provide the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change, it’s natural, political and economic impacts and risks, and possible response options. 

I am not a scientist so this is my take on why this is relevant, and this is my language. 

The IPCC findings stated we could afford a 1.5% rise in climate warming, this is linked with our use of carbon-based fuels. Below is the best graph I could find. 

ipcc graph

My words now, in short, we will hear governments saying things like we will become carbon neutral by 2050, or maybe 2035. But the figures I believe say we need to do this by 2025. How on earth we will do this I don’t know. But surely a first step is actually group acceptance / realisation that this is happening NOW. We need to make responsible changes NOW.

Apparently the current government response to this is to increase our ‘acceptable’ rise in climate warming to 2%….

There is way too much information out there for me to go into loads of detail here about this. And you would probably get bored and switch off.

The ripple effects from this rise is massive (my words, obviously!). It affects everything.

I still keep remembering the guy from last night who said his grandchildren may not ever see a butterfly. That was one of my triggers.

Along with seeing the rings of cigarette burns on the tree outside Sainsburys.

And thinking of Hove as grey, and Glynde as green.

Seagulls versus woodpeckers.

There is loads more I can say but I think that will do for now.

I just want us to realise there is a huge problem out there we all need to accept. And I don’t think we do.

I have trouble comprehending it but I know it is wrong and I have to do more about it.



Links you may be interested in…

Wilding by Isabella Tree

Extinction Rebellion





Eastbourne & Lewes walking festival

Colour in nature walk Friday 20 September, 2 – 4pm

On Friday Jacky will be leading one of her Colour in nature walks as part of the Eastbourne and Lewes walking festival.

Starting at her studio in Glynde, walkers will begin by walking through small woods and out into views across the South Downs up to Mount Caburn.

Along the way we will be paying particular attention to the changing colours, textures and sounds.

colour wheel no people

You will return through the village, past our local shop and possibly drop in to see Tom the blacksmith at his Forge.

Booking information here


Parking and other details…

There is free parking available in our village car park, by the cricket pitch which is a 5 minute walk away, there is also limited parking directly outside Jacky’s studio by the church.

Glynde has a train station with direct links to Eastbourne, Lewes, Brighton and London Victoria and London Bridge, aproximately 10 minute walk

The route is approximately 2 miles and is quite steep in places so unfortunately it is not suitable for those in a wheelchair or pushchairs

There are no facilities on the walk so do bring your own water with you (there are Public toilets by the cricket pitch)




Mapping the Egrets Way…

On the afternoon of Tuesday 20 August, Jacky will be hosting ‘Mapping the Egrets Way’ as part of Lewes Artwave.

This will include a circular walk along part of the Egrets way and the chance to create your own piece of artwork.

After meeting at the South Downs youth hostel and cafe, we will take a stroll along the river and inland through Rodmell, past Monks House which was the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

You will be provided with sketch books and have the chance to sketch as you walk, when we return to the Youth Hostel we will be using these drawings to create our own pieces of artwork. No experience is necessary.

More information to follow…

egrets way map

Crowdfunder, Stone carving at Tout quarry..

Ever since visiting on form sculpture park last year I have been spending all my available time learning to carve stone. I love it. There is a stone carving course in Dorset at Tout quarry, Portland Stone Quarry trust, which I would like to go on to help me improve. This money will help pay for it.

So far I have raised £400…


In return for a donation I would like to give the following:

£10     Postcard designed by me

£20     Original charcoal bird sketch

£40     a place on Walk and create

£60     A4 limited edition print

£100   A3 limited edition print

£250   small stone carving (this may take some time!)

If you would like to help, please follow the link here

Thank you

Here are some photos of my current stonecarvings..

Colour in nature walks…

As part of Artwave this year I will be curating two Colour in nature walks along side Lewes District Council Ranger Thyone Outram.

Info and links to booking below…

colour in nature walk pic

Lewes railway land nature reserve Wed 29 Aug

Bollens Bush nature reserve Tues 21 Aug

Chalkpit project


chalk pit vista

As Artist-in-residence for Glynde, I am working on a project based on the chalkpit at the back of Teddy Street.

Called Balcombe Pit, it was in operation from the 1840s right up until the 1980s.

I became interested in the chalkpit after doing some research at The Keep and coming across the 1881 census for the village…


As you can see, most of the people worked in the chalkpit.

Today, the chalkpit is unused apart from the odd dog walker and kids playing. It is tucked away and you would easily walk straight past the entrance without even knowing it is there.

I decided to make it the central point of my first project as Artist-in-residence.

Over the coming year I will be involving local residents of Glynde and other artists to put together a collection of work and hold a variety of events around Balcombe Pit.