A new woodland project is now up and running in the High Weald and is offering landowners and community groups help with finding out about and looking after local woodlands. On offer are guided walks; presentations; historic maps; survey tools; site visits; training courses and advice on how to navigate through the maze of organisations who offer support with woodland management, in particular grant-aid. The Project is focused on the history; archaeology and wildlife of the area's woodlands but can also offer advice on wood energy.
The High Weald of Kent, Sussex and Surrey is a focus for woodland projects - being the most wooded part of England with almost 25% woodland cover. It also has a high density of 'ancient' woodlands i.e. those that have been continuously wooded for many centuries making them particularly wildlife-rich. However these woodlands are under threat and this Project hopes that developing a greater understanding of local woodlands amongst residents will help with woodland conservation.