Enjoy ancient woods

Woods Open Day SUS-150616-132157001
Woods Open Day SUS-150616-132157001

Highwoods Preservation Society is celebrating 35 years of caring for Bexhill’s beauty spot by holding an open day in the woods on Saturday June 20.

The society was founded in 1980 in response to a threat to the 87 acres of ancient woodland.

The charity’s volunteers have since maintained the Highwoods as a wildlife habitat with free public access under a management agreement with Rother District Council, which now owns the woods.

Research carried out by the Society led to much of the Highwoods being declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The society received an award after creating a disabled access trail, named in memory of former chairman the late Humphry Smith.

Following a generous bequest by Janet Baker, it added a second access-for-all trail and is currently planning to create a third.

A new pond was dug this Spring in memory of the society’s late president, Alan Malpass.

Volunteers will be manning an information point at the woodland car park off the upper section of Peartree Lane, during the open day event, which will feature archive and contemporary photographs and literature. Tea, coffee and squash will be available.

The society currently has around 200 members and is hoping to recruit more as a result of the open day.

Britain’s remaining natural woodlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. They are an asset which, if lost, cannot be replaced.

Bexhill has one of the few surviving examples of traditional coppiced woodlands left in East Sussex in the 87 acres (35 Hectares) of the Highwoods.

The Society arranges periodic coppicing work.

Local schools also use the Woods as part of their environmental education.

Visit www.highwoodsbexhill.org.uk.

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