High Weald

Now is the time of year to take a closer look at ponds, hollows, mounds and banks in the area's woodlands. The lack of leaves means it is possible to 'see through' woodlands making it easier to trace the outlines of the 'lumps and bumps'. The remains of Roman bloomeries, medieval deer parks and the iron industry that flourished in the area over centuries can all be traced. More than 68% High Weald's woodlands are ‘ancient' - this means  they are relatively undisturbed and, unlike cultivated farmland, they have retained a wealth of features created by human activity over centuries. Our pages on woodland archaeology provide an insight into the features that are out there and help conjure up a picture of the past  - woodlands as busy, noisy places full of people making a living from the area's natural resources.


Watch a video about the Weald's woodland archaeology
View the interactive High Weald timeline to find out how the area was used by our ancestors