People who own woods across the South Downs National Park are being offered free advice on how to manage their land to support wildlife and the local economy.
The South Downs Forestry Partnership, a new project led by the South Downs National Park Authority in partnership with Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust and the Sussex Wildlife Trust, are also offering networking opportunities for woodland owners to learn from the experts. With 38,000 hectares of woodland the South Downs National Park has a greater area of tree coverage than any other national park in England and Wales. This varies from ancient yew forests to modern plantations but nearly half of the woodland is classed as ancient or semi natural woods meaning the land has been under constant tree cover for more than 400 years. See southdowns.gov.uk/looking-after/woodlands/woodland-management