High Weald

The High Weald of Kent, Sussex and Surrey is the most wooded part of England with almost 25% woodland cover, totalling 35,000 hectares.

Ancient woodland is especially important as it is land that has been continuously wooded for many centuries. Ancient semi-natural woodland (ASNW) comprising native tree species is the most ecologically diverse and rich habitat type in the UK.

Much of the ancient woodland in Kent, Sussex and Surrey has been historically managed as coppice, a traditional form of management that is important for wildlife, and this continues to this day on a much reduced scale.

Why is ancient woodland special?

Why is ancient woodland special?

The High Weald is nationally important in terms of ancient woodland containing 7% (24,500ha) of... Read more

Specialist woodland advice

Specialist woodland advice

Woodland management can be complex, we recommend you seek professional advice - this page focuses... Read more

Discover - your woods history

Discover - your woods history

Are you interested in the history of your woodland? If so we can help with... Read more

Controlling Rhododendron

Controlling Rhododendron

Rhododendron is one of the most severe threats and challenges to woodland in the... Read more

Why manage woodlands?

Why manage woodlands?

Here are some good reasons why you ought to consider managing your woodland Read more

Rules for planting new woodlands

Rules for planting new woodlands

If you are planning a new woodland of more than two hectares, your planting comes... Read more

Woodland guidance downloads

Woodland guidance downloads

Guidance that has been developed to help you to manage your woodlands. Read more

Keeping pigs in a woodland

Keeping pigs in a woodland

Pigs can have a damaging effect on ancient woodland. They are omnivores and will forage... Read more

Book a free woodland management advice visit

Book a free woodland management advice visit

These advisory visits are on offer to High Weald residents with land greater than 1... Read more

Management: butterflies & moths

Management: butterflies & moths

Woodland management for butterflies and moths: a best practice guide is intended for anyone involved... Read more

Log fuelled central heating system

Log fuelled central heating system

Householders using log fuelled heating systems can earn money through a new Scheme from Spring 2014. Read more