Burwash is one of the few areas in the south-east that still has Dark Skies. On clear nights, everyone in the parish can enjoy the beauty of a night sky bedecked with some two thousand stars. By contrast, light pollution means that city dwellers are often looking up at a night sky with only 20 visible stars.

In addition to the beauty of the night, keeping our skies dark helps to promote biodiversity in Burwash, with better energy efficiency and better public health.

We need to look at ways to promote better lighting solutions and provide guidance on lighting in the parish so that we can maintain our dark skies. In association with the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) group, Neighbourhood Plan volunteers are logging the level of darkness across the parish using light meters. They will be publishing the results here on the Parish website and in the Neighbourhood Plan.

If you are interested in joining the Burwash Dark Skies Group, please contact Julian Kenny on jkforward@hotmail.com

There’s more information about Dark Skies here.