Society protects our ancient woodland

Highwoods event SUS-150623-130532001
Highwoods event SUS-150623-130532001

What more practical way could there be to celebrate 35 years of caring for Bexhill’s Highwoods beauty spot than to recruit a new generation of supporters?

Highwoods Preservation Society volunteers manned an information point at the entrance to the 87-acre wildlife habitat for eight hours on Saturday. The objective of the registered charity’s woodland open day was to inform the public about its work and to boost the society’s membership.

Many who enjoy the woods were astounded to learn the society was founded in 1980 to fight a county council plan to sell the woods with planning permission for touring caravans and holiday chalets.

Others were equally surprised to find that the footpaths they use are drained and kept clear by volunteers.

Society website manager Chris Ashford and his wife Enid generously loaned their motor caravan for woodland warden Alan Dengate and colleagues to display photographs illustrating the society’s work over 35 years.

Posters bearing the legend “There’s no such thing as a poo fairy were used to drum home the message to errant dog-owners to clean up after their pets.

One visitor was Tony Ashby who was woodland warden for the society’s first five formative years. Tony was shown the pond recently created in memory of the society’s late president, Alan Malpass, the two disabled access trails and recent work to maintain an area of open heath.

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