High Weald
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  • dogs walkers heathland Ashdown
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  • sheep tree autumn
  • An Outstanding

    cultural landscape

    "Unless a man understands the Weald, he cannot write about the beginnings of England." Hilaire Belloc

    "A landscape chock-a-block with heritage" Historic England

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  • Explore

    our medieval landscape

    Use our interactive map to discover what the countryside around you has to offer. Steam trains, climbing rocks, historic gardens and nature reserves; we have attractions to suit every age and energy level

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  • Keep up-to-date

    on news at the heart of the High Weald AONB

    Regular updates of events affecting the countryside and the lives of those within it

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  • Preserve

    the beauty of your property’s surrounding area

    We give planning advice and support, with objectives set out in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan.

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  • Learn more

    about us

    We aim to maintain and enhance the area's ancient landscape and enjoyment of it by current and future generations.

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The Making of the High Weald is one of several pieces of research that underpin the High Weald AONB Management Plan  This report has a long historical view back to the last Ice Age, and seeks to explain the main processes that have created the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Without understanding these processes we have little chance of understanding the landscape and progressing beyond a superficial and largely subjective aesthetic reaction. The formative processes are inextricably linked to features – such as the prevalence of small woodlands – and the more recent character of these is explored in other research papers.

This report pulls together much of the primary research  undertaken by others with an interest in Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

The Making of the High Weald Report