The Dene in Uckfield may get trees to help prevent River Uck flooding

Trees may be planted on part of The Dene, on the Manor Park estate, Uckfield, as part of long-term flood relief measures.the_dene_sledge

The Woodland Trust has approached Buxted Parish Council, which has responsibility for the land, to see if some trees could be planted as part of a project known as Trees on the River Uck (TRUCK).

The project will identify areas in the River Uck catchment where planting woodland to soak up moisture and making other habitat improvements could reduce the risk of flooding downstream at Uckfield and Lewes.

These measures would also improve the river’s water quality.

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with The Woodland Trust and Sussex Wildlife Trust to carry out the TRUCK project.

An Agency statement said: “We’re working closely together to ensure that landowners, the local community and interested organisations are involved and kept up to date with project progress.”

Buxted councillors said there were a number of issues to be considered including:

  • Grass cutting;
  • Future maintenance costs;
  • The types of tree;
  • The impact on and the views of local residents;
  • The use of the site as an open grass play area; and
  • Winter sledging.

Councillors do not oppose the plan in principle but are asking for more information.

*The newly-formed residents’ association for Uckfield’s Manor Park and Hempstead Fields estates has identified as a “key issue” gaining village green status for The Dene.

*Land to the east of London Road and to the north of Browns Lane, Uckfield, – the “lower” part of the Manor Park Estate – was once within the parish of Buxted. When the estate was built by Federated Homes, the company transferred ownership of The Dene open space and a play area off Nevill Road (now removed) to Buxted Parish Council.

Subsequently, the boundaries between Uckfield and Buxted were re-drawn so as to incorporate the Manor Park Estate homes within the town boundary. However, although the boundary was re-drawn, Buxted Parish Council retained ownership of The Dene open space and the play area.

Pictures show The Dene.

Words and photographs: ©Uckfield News 2012

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