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Want to do something to help your local woodland in 2018?


We'll be working in Burstead Woods clearing Butterfly Glade and weeding the gorse patch.



Sunday – 4 March 2018

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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Rights of Way - Woodland Paths Protected


Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods have helped Brighton and Hove City Council obtain official recognition for paths through the woodland as formal Rights of Way, thus protecting them for future use. To demonstrate that the paths are in constant use, local people were asked to confirm they have walked on the paths over the last 20 years. Several members of our Friends group provided evidence by completing a form for Brighton and Hove Council. If you want more information about public Rights of Way, please contact Peter Jarman on 01273 541206.




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


2016 Annual General Meeting



Local honey bees

Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods had a fascinating talk from Heather McNiven of the Brighton & Lewes Beekeepers Association at our July AGM. Whilst Heather mentioned the three main types of bee we find in this country – Bumble, Solitary and Honey, the focus of the talk was the Honey bee, and she brought a display hive with glass window for viewing her bees.  She has kept bees for over 12 years, has over 20 hives, and helps with swarms locally. 






Page last updated: 15 February 2018

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