An inspirational, working community woodland – Join us!

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Vert Woods Community Woodland is 171 acres of mixed woodland, near Lewes in East Sussex. Since Autumn 2015, the woods have been managed on behalf of the community and we also have a Right to Buy. We have very exciting plans for the future and would like you to support and join us.

The woods have probably been in existence for over 7000 years and we have discovered evidence of a wide range of activity on the land for many decades.

2017 Educational Walk in The Woods sharing a joke LRes
Members of the VWCW Management Committee review our Woodland Management Plan.

After the planting of many softwood trees as a crop after WWII, our detailed plan and assessment is pointing the woods in new directions. That will require the removal over time of much of the softwood ‘crop’ and replacement with more native hardwoods. We also want to make it easier for people of all ages to visit and experience the benefits of the woods to ensure a stronger connection with nature. Our aim is to create a social enterprise and working woodland that benefits both the local community and the local ecology.

In the past few years we have:

  • produced a 10-year management plan with the Forestry Commission
  • worked with Plumpton College students, volunteers and commercial foresters to start managing the woods in a sustainable way
  • created a Community Benefit Society (CBS), management committee and advisory group
  • assessed the flora and fauna, archeology and health of the trees
  • developed a business plan
  • produced products for sale from the woods
  • held special walks, community fun days and run courses
  • signed a long term lease with the current landowner Roger Ross
  • helped disadvantaged families and groups of young people use the woods, through Circle of Life Rediscovery’s education programme

Want to help? Here’s what we need:

  • people with financial, legal, marketing and fundraising skills to join our management committee
  • volunteers to help with the physical management of the woodland
  • followers on Twitter and likes on our Facebook page.
2017 Tom and Stewart excavate the rails in Lower Vert Wood LRes
Discovering the old narrow gauge railway tracks, used to move timber in the 1960s.

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