The Warren Woodland Regeneration

LATEST NEWS – February 2022

With Covid-19 restrictions lifted we can at last hold our community days to plant around 800 saplings to complete this part of The Warren regeneration. Community planting days will be held on Thursday 17th February, Saturday 19th February and Sunday 21st February.

Join in with friends and family and play your part in looking after our woodland. 

Contact Us to find out more and register your interest 



Wild flowers in The Warren

Nature is doing its work with a mass of wild flowers growing in The Warren this spring

View of Parish Church from The Warren



Different view of the Parish Church from The Warren








The re-planting of the The Warren is finally underway.  MJO Forestry will be planting approximately 2,900 tree and shrub saplings throughout The Warren with the work expected to continue for the rest of March 2021.

A range of native species will be planted including Beech, Field Maple, Whitebeam, Yew, Lime and Hawthorn.  The planting plan and species chosen will provide a mixed and hopefully healthy woodland that should thrive in this area and terrain.

See more information on the Replanting Plan.

It is great to see trees being planted in a week when we have seen more diseased trees removed from local woodlands due to the ravages of Ash Die-back.

An area will be left for a further 800 saplings to be planted by our volunteers at the end of 2021.  We hope that the planting days, re-scheduled due to restrictions on socialising and social distancing, will be great community events.

Find out How to get involved



Harting Tree Champion Volunteers start work.

Hazel tree leaf growthThe work to rebuild the woodland at The Warren has started with local volunteers identifying and protecting over 700 sapling trees that have naturally started growing.  Species include native field maple, common beech, dog rose and hazel.

The seedlings are covered by bio spiral guards, made from cornstarch, to protect them from rabbit and vole damage whilst they become established.

If you want to join the team to plant new sapling trees and shrubs and help with the ongoing management of The Warren please Contact Us.


Covid pandemic delays community planting days

Hopes that community planting days could be held were dashed by national lockdown restrictions. 

New dates will be planned for winter 2021/22 and work is already underway to agree dates with South Downs National Park Rangers, who will be helping run the planting days, and arboriculturalist Petra Billings who has designed the woodland planting and management plan.

Planting trees is always dependent on weather and the added complications of changing social distancing requirements mean that last minute changes are always possible. .


Deer Fencing completed

A key priority for ensuring a healthy future for The Warren is protecting the natural re-growth of saplings and other wild plants as well as the newly planted trees.  The best, and most cost effective, way to protect the plants is to install deer fencing around the perimeter of The Warren.  This will only remain in place until the new trees are well established.

Find out how Ash Die-back affected our woodland at The Warren and South Gardens and what has been done to manage this disease and the plans to secure this area of ancient wood for future generations.

Read more about the Background to the tree felling

See more information about the timeline to ash dieback in The Warren

Find out more about the replanting programme: Replanting Plan

Have some questions?  Find the answer in our Frequently Asked Question

See minutes from Parish Meeting held on 7th October 2020