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Want to do something to help your local woodland in 2016?


We'll be working on Hollingbury Rise West pruning and weeding the hedge. We'll also work in Burstead Woods clearing Butterfly Glade, maintaining paths, and weeding along the northwest perimeter fence.


Saturday – 1 October 2016

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM



Meet outside the old flint barn adjacent to the western entrance to the Roedale allotments at 10:00 AM.


Due to changes in weather, seasonal growth, etc, we do sometimes have to change our planned activities at the last minute, so do check the board outside the flint barn on the day, or phone 07719 943237 on the day, if lost!


Anyone wishing to come along to help or learn more about woodland management is welcome. People should come prepared. Rainwear, warm clothes, sun protection, gardening gloves and a pair of boots or wellies are recommended.



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Urgent request to save Hollingbury Park from housing development


Please support the proposal to delete the Hollingbury Park urban fringe site from the list of potential housing development sites.


The council has reviewed the proposed allocation of part of Hollingbury Park for housing in the City Plan and is now recommending that this urban fringe area is removed as a potential site.  However this recommendation is draft and needs support. If you are able to send in a short note confirming you want the council to remove this site from those listed for housing development then you must do this before 5pm Thursday September 22nd - late submissions will not be accepted.


Please support this recommendation by one of the following methods:

-       Using the online form

-       E-mailing 

-       Writing to Planning Policy Team, Brighton & Hove City Council, Room 201 Kings House, Grand Avenue, Hove BN3 2LS


You can simply state you support the recommendation to remove Study Area L6/E5 Site 18 at Hollingbury Park.


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Rights of Way - Woodland Paths Protected


Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods have helped Brighton and Hove City Council obtain official recognition for paths through the woodland as formal Rights of Way, thus protecting them for future use. To demonstrate that the paths are in constant use, local people were asked to confirm they have walked on the paths over the last 20 years. Several members of our Friends group provided evidence by completing a form for Brighton and Hove Council. If you want more information about public Rights of Way, please contact Peter Jarman on 01273 541206 or Steve Kisko on 07958 036927.




Who are we?

Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods are a group of local people who look after two areas of woodland off Ditchling Road near Hollingbury Golf Course. The aim of the group is for people to be able to enjoy the area and for wildlife to thrive.



What we do - We meet once a month to carry out practical work in the woods, ranging from tree and hedge planting to path maintenance and litter clearance. This work is carried out under the guidance of a Brighton and Hove Park Ranger and our group’s Project Officer. 

Work sessions – On the first weekend of the month, alternating between a Saturday and a Sunday, we run work sessions from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Gloves and tools are provided and no special skills are required - just enthusiasm!  For tasks such as tree thinning and planting a new hedge, training is given.  The work is not too arduous and everyone works at their own pace. We stop mid morning for a break and a chat, with coffee, tea and biscuits provided. See the Activities page for dates and details.






Recent activities


2016 Annual General Meeting



Local honey bees

Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods had a fascinating talk from Heather McNiven of the Brighton & Lewes Beekeepers Association at our July AGM. Whilst Heather mentioned the three main types of bee we find in this country – Bumble, Solitary and Honey, the focus of the talk was the Honey bee, and she brought a display hive with glass window for viewing her bees.  She has kept bees for over 12 years, has over 20 hives, and helps with swarms locally. 






Page last updated: 18 September 2016

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