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Next work session


Want to do something to help your local woodland?


We’ll be working in Hollingbury Woods, clearing Snowdrop Glade and also clearing Tennis Glade South.



Sunday – 4 May 2014

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.



Upcoming events & information


Ash dieback


For the latest information on ash dieback, see Forestry Commission and Brighton and Hove Council. 


FHBW Annual General Meeting


Saturday – 10 May 2014 – 2:30 PM


Brian Foster Environment Centre

Dorothy Stringer School

Stringer Way, off Surrenden Road

Brighton  BN1 6PZ


Open to members and non-members, free event with tea and homemade cakes.


Guest speaker – Bat specialist Tony Hutson will speak about Bats in Brighton and his experience in completing the survey of bats in the old Hollingbury golf club house.




Dawn Chorus walk


Early Sunday – 27 April 2014


Dawn Chorus walk in the woods led by Mike Unwin (RSPB author); walk last approx. 1.5-2.0 hours; numbers are limited and booking is essential – contact Judy on

07833 737262

or mailto:judithrichardson97@googlemail.com


Time and starting point will be notified to those whose bookings are confirmed.


For further information about a specific event or work day, please email mailto:info@fhbw.org.uk





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


Partner project



January 2013


Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods and Friends of the Earth volunteers worked together in January to restore an existing, but heavily overgrown, bee bank in Hollingbury Wood. The hope is that the bank will attract solitary bees, as they like to nest in bare soil. This project is one of the improvements proposed in the new 5-year woodland management plan. Future bee bank activity will be to plant the area with bee-attracting plants.      







Page last updated: 14 April 2014

Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods