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Want to do something to help your local woodland?


We’ll be working in Hollingbury Woods clearing Snow Drop Glade, tidying the bee bank and weeding the hedge along Hollingbury Rise West.



Sunday – 3 May 2015

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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Work sessions - 2014




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.


Sunday - 2 November 2014 - 10:00 AM


Hollingbury Woods - Prune North and Elm hedges. Tennis Glade North clearance.



Saturday - 6 December 2014 - 10:00 AM


Hollingbury Woods - Southern Slopes path and step maintenance and litter clearance. Ivy control and Beech thinning.




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





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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 created a south-facing chalk bank at the top end of Hollingbury Park just below the golf club access road. The purpose of this bank is to encourage the growth of downland wildflowers which support some of the rarer downland butterflies and bees. We planted seeds and wildflower plugs into artificially created piles of chalk, and were extremely pleased that by mid-summer the banks were a riot of gorgeous colours with red poppies, yellow corn marigolds, white ox-eye daisies and blue cornflowers.







Page last updated: 24 April 2015

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