Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs


Using money raised by National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Fund supports projects that connect people and communities with the UK’s heritage. The Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs project is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we are bringing local people together to learn about, explore and care for woods across the Low Weald and Downs. Together, we can reconnect with our ancient woodlands and revive, restore, and protect them for future generations. We were awarded £1.9 million in September 2022 for the delivery of the five year project which runs over an area of 400 square kilometres, from Pulborough in the West to the fringes of Lewes in the East. 


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.

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, and 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


Chris Keeler
Training Officer
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