10.30 – 12.30 and the afternoon (optional)
Berry Wood, near East Grinstead
Berry Wood is an ancient semi-Natural woodland, which has been managed traditionally as coppice-with-standards since its purchase in 1987. However, the management emphasis is now changing to reflect both recent research and practical factors.
Now concentrating resources on ride management, and coppicing with less historical structure, the benefits to biodiversity are beginning to show fruit. Management includes an emphasis on improving diversity encouraging tree and shrub species other than hazel or sweet chestnut at the same time as keeping on top of invasive species such as rhododendron and laurel. Come along and view the woodland, the role of bramble will be discussed, and the effects of fallow deer exclusion will be clear to see.
An optional tour of Sandrock SSSI will also be offered.
Refreshments will be provided and lunch for those staying the whole day.