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Forget-me-not Glade - Hollingbury Woods north


Next work session


Want to do something to help your local woodland?


We’ll be working in northern Hollingbury Woods, clearing the coppices and the glades.



Saturday – 2 August 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


Early autumn work sessions


Sunday – 7 September 2014 – 10:00 AM


Hollingbury Woods - Snowdrop and Tennis Glade South clearance



Saturday - 4 October 2014 - 10:00 AM


Hollingbury Rise West & Burstead Woods - Prune and weed Hollingbury Rise West hedge. Burstead Woods path and litter clearance, and Butterfly Glade clearance and bench installation.



Bat walk


Monday – 18 August – 7:30 PM


Our ranger Emma Keene will be leading an evening bat walk. Places are limited to 20 participants and booking is essential. Upon booking, Emma will provide details of the venue.


See the Activities page for booking details.



Ash dieback


Ash dieback has now been reported in the Lewes area, and we need to report any ash trees in Hollingbury and Burstead Woods that look as though they might be infected. Please see Brighton and Hove Council's Trees web page Brighton and Hove Council Trees for more information. Any concerns can be raised via a tree report form on the Council web page.


Urban fringe planning


The Council designates individual green spaces surrounding Brighton and Hove as the Urban Fringe. Some of these spaces are being considered as sites for future house building. FHBW are concerned that Hollingbury Park has been designated as such a site. For more information, please see our Facebook page and read the Council's proposals.


Brighton & Hove Urban Fringe Assessment Final Report


Appendix 4 Proforma & Site Plans





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


Improving the woodland



Ongoing project


Our Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods group has planted a long hedge along the golf club access road. If you walk along the hedge from east to west, you'll see the difference between the oldest part, which is well established, and the newest section near the recyling bins area. We have also made a smaller hedge along the southern boundary of Hollingbury Woods in Hollingbury Rise West. This attracted good feedback from local residents who seem to appriciate the work we do.







Page last updated: 14 July 2014

Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods