Nearly £60,000 secured for investment in Uckfield wood

Grants totalling nearly £60,000 have been secured for investment in Views Wood between the Manor Park Estate, Uckfield, and Buxted Park.

The Forestry Commission has given £30,000 and the Heritage Lottery Fund £29,000.

The ancient woodland is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust, with support from the Friends of Views Wood.

Works planned include improving the management access track, creating an all-ability path and installing rustic benches.

A way-marked route has been laid out and a leaflet is to be produced showing the route and pointing out interesting facts.

An area of the wood is to be coppiced and new trees planted. They will include oak and hornbeam which would have been found in the wood before it was cleared and planted with chestnut around the 17th century.

An article in the Views Wood Bulletin, distributed locally, says: “This will hopefully help to restore the wood to its former glory and improve it for the native plants and wildlife.

“The timber from the coppicing will be made into post and rail fencing and used to replace the old boundary fence.”

There are new access points, designed to allow easy access for people, particularly those with pushchairs and wheelchairs, but restricting access for motorbikes.

A community tree planting event is due to be held in the autumn and a hedge is to be created along the boundary of the housing estate by layering hazel.

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