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Come and join the Friends of Hollingbury & Bursead Woods in looking after the woods in our area. Get some fresh air and help the environment on your doorstep.

  • Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead WoodsSunday 2 March – Burstead Woods: Butterfly Glade and Gorse Patch clearance
  • Saturday 5 April – Clearing glades in Hollingbury Woods

Meet at 10am at the flint barn beside the Roedale Cottages in Hollingbury Woods (map).   Call Gill – 07719 943237  – on the day if you can’t find us.

Butterfly glade planting - all in a row (FHBW)

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Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead WoodsOn Saturday 7 December 10am-2pm, Friends of Hollingbury Burstead Woods will be planting baby trees and re-making part of the northern hedge (by the golf club road) They’ve got about 60 trees to plant, a pack of 30 are from the Woodland Trust who have donated trees before. All hands on deck please!  No experience is necessary, but wear sensible clothing and sturdy footwear.

Information about the group, where to meet and all work session dates is at

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Want to do something to help your local woodland?  On Saturday 5 October – 10:00am to 1:00pm the Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods will be working in Burstead Wood, clearing the Butterfly Glade, installing a bench, and planting daffodils and violets.

More information at the FHBW website or Facebook page – including future work dates if you can’t make this one.

FHBW - external site Sunday 23 June 2:30pm.  FHBW are conducting a circular walk exploring Burstead Wood and Hollingbury Wood. Meet at the start of Hollingdean Golf Course access road off Ditchling Road (opp Woodbourne Avenue).  This is a free event – there will be a small charge for refreshments after the walk. For more details, visit the FHBW website or Facebook page.

FHBW - external siteArboriculturalist Alister Peters will give a talk on working with trees on Saturday 18 May 2:30pm at the Brian Foster Environment Centre, Dorothy Stringer School, Stringer Way off Surrenden Road BN1 6PZ.  This is a free event open to FHBW members and non-members with tea and homemade cakes.

Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth is working with Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods (FHBW) to create a new haven for local bees. The site is one of 60 ‘Bee Worlds’ springing up around the country as part of Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign.

red mason beeThe south facing bank is currently overgrown and will be transformed into perfect habitat for solitary bees under threat.

The action will take place on January 6th 2013 and both groups will be clearing the steep slope to expose chalky soil which some bees love.  If you’d like to get involved, please contact: Monica Jennings on 07712038533  or, or email:

Lesley Brown, Projects Officer at FBHW said: “We are really pleased to be creating a new environment which will not only encourage bees but a whole range of other wildlife in the woods” Read the rest of this entry »

Worried about Ash Dieback? Do something by helping in your local woods!

Ash tree

Saturday December 1st, 10:00am

Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods will be planting up to 400 trees and shrubs in order to improve Burstead Woods a small strip of woodland in Hollingdean. The group is planting the trees to form a hedge behind a new housing development which backs on to the woods. Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteers needed for woodland working sessions with the Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods.  Next sessions:FHBW - external site

  • Sunday 2 September: tidying hedge and clearing the “forget-me-not” glade
  • Saturday 6 October: mowing new butterfly glade and planting wildflower seed
  • Both sessions are 10am – 1pm

New members are very welcome. You can come and try a work session without joining.  Join us each month (alternate Sats and Suns). Get some fresh air and help the environment on your doorstep. All welcome – you don’t need any experience and you don’t have to stay for the whole session. All help is much appreciated.

For more info – call Gill on 505060 or 07719 943237 or email: or visit:

Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead WoodsJoin us in the woods: Sunday 8th July 12pm

Come to Friends of Hollingbury & Burstead Woods’ family picnic and take a guided walk through the woods where the Ranger and members of the group will show you work that has already been carried out, and point out areas where changes could be made under the new Plan.

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The council, together with the Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods (FHBW) has drafted a Plan about caring for Hollingbury & Burstead Woods in future years.  Anyone can respond to the consultation, open until July 20.

The Ranger and FHBW members will be available to answer questions and take comments at two consultation events:

  • Wed 13th June 3-5pm Hollingdean Children’s Centre, Brentwood Rd BN1 7DY
  • Sat 16th June  Hollingbury Library, Carden Hill BN1 8DA.

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