Jun 01 2021

A Bank Holiday bonanza at Brede High Woods!

The excitement of reuniting as a Woodland Working Group this year has recently been dashed by lockdown and the hard times that early 2021 brought with it. With this in mind, it felt especially good to be back in the woods this Bank Holiday weekend with a committed group of volunteers at Brede High Woods, East Sussex. 

The volunteer working group as work to clear the ruins begins


And after!


Some of the Woodland Working Group at Brede High Woods


The sun shone and the volunteer dogs oversaw all work carried out as the team set about clearing an area of archaeological interest, for both the addition of a vital storage container but also to highlight the history of the site for its many visitors. The volunteers helped bring the remains of an old coach house and stables back to life and did so in record time, working flat out to complete the project in their session. Dating back to the mid-late 1800s, it offers a fascinating insight into how people used the land in the past and will no doubt be of interest for years to come, thanks to the volunteers’ hard work. We also include an excerpt from the 1911 census, which shows the occupants of the house that was built there.



All this was done on the cusp of Volunteers Week too and it was wonderful to be able to get everyone together to celebrate a return to some sense of normality. Thank you to all of our volunteers and we look forward to being able to share more of these updates with you as the summer progresses. Enjoy your week!


Words and pics: Anna Claxton, Volunteer Development Officer and Dave Bonsall, Site Manager/ Volunteer Manager


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