Vert Woods Community Woodland is made up of 171 acres of mixed woodland, near Lewes in East Sussex. We want to protect this lovely place but also make it easier for people like you to visit – and experience the benefits of 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.
Vert Woods is part of a much larger forest, which is officially described as Plantation on Ancient Woodlands (PAWS). This means there have been trees here for hundreds – even thousands – of years, but many were cleared or replanted over the last century.
A local philanthropist called Roger Ross shared our vision and bought the woods in 2015.
Since then we have:
- helped disadvantaged families and groups of young people use the woods, through Circle of Life Rediscovery’s education programme
- held special walks, community fun days and courses
- worked with Plumpton College students, volunteers and commercial foresters to start managing the woods in a sustainable way
- created a Community Benefit Society, management committee and advisory group
- assessed the flora and fauna, archeology and health of the trees
- set up a 10-year management plan with the Forestry Commission
- developed a business plan
- signed a lease with the landowner, Roger Ross.
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
- investors to become members of our Community Benefit Society (for more info email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list)
- followers on Twitter and likes on our Facebook page.