Finding the Lost Woods… the search is on
Back in the summer of 2020, you may remember that the Woodland Trust, and its partner organisations, launched an ambitious and exciting project to restore ancient woodland across Sussex – the Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs. The aim is to rescue ancient woodland, which is largely neglected in the county, often small, fragmented and vulnerable to the pressures of development, invasive species and climate change. Working with partners, landowners and communities across a project area of 400 square kilometres from Pulborough in the West to the fringes of Lewes in the East, we are now delighted to announce that an amazing team of volunteers has been recruited to support the work moving forwards, managed by Lost Woods project lead, Ed Goodall.
We welcome four Ancient Tree Recorders and an Ancient Tree Verifier who have been specifically brought in to record notable trees in the project area and create and test a methodology to use in order to improve our understanding of ancient trees in the area. Obviously lockdown has had some impact on their work so far but regular meetings have been held to share information and experiences so when restrictions begin to ease, they will be ready and eager to get started! We can’t wait to see what they find and will, of course, let you all know too!
For more information about the Lost Woods project, please visit: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/england/lost-woods/
Words: Anna Claxton, Volunteer Development Officer (South East)