Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs

Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs is an exciting partnership project that aims to bring forgotten areas of ancient woodland in Sussex back to life. Partner organisations will work with landowners and local communities to rescue these woods - boosting biodiversity and creating a more resilient network of trees and a haven for wildlife.

The two year development phase launched in July 2020 with support from players of the National Lottery. In September 2022, Lost Woods was awarded £1.9 million for the delivery of the five year project from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project runs over an area of 400 square kilometres, from Pulborough in the West to the fringes of Lewes in the East. 

Small Woods' role is to meet with landowners and find out what they need to manage woodlands more sustainably. We use this information to develop a full training programme. We will also be exploring the potential for providing physical infrastructure to aid in the management of woods, such as a small mobile retort kiln.

Lost Woods project partners:

With additional support from:

For more information about Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs visit the website: Lost Woods

Online Survey

Land owners and managers - if you reside or have woodland within the project area, please complete our Lost Woods Online Survey.

Responses are anonymous unless you opt to leave contact details


Simon James
Senior Manager - Woodland, Policy and Projects
[email protected]