Saltings Field is to be found off Saltings Way in Upper Beeding, bordering the River Adur. A committee drawn from local residents has been formed to manage this open space as a wildlife conservation area and this group has been in existence for about nine years. Horsham District Council owns the land but Upper Beeding Parish Council has successfully negotiated a 15 year lease which will safeguard Saltings Field and enable conservation work to be carried out.
In addition to a wide range of plants and wildlife, Saltings Field contains a number of irregular shaped mounds, ancient ‘salterns’, which are the remains of 13th – 15th Century salt making and are part of the only remaining medieval salterns in Sussex. A survey conducted in 1995 by South East Archaeological Services confirmed their history and as a result, the field has been scheduled as an Ancient Monument by the Department of National Heritage.
It is hoped that the combination of the scheduling and the lease from Horsham District Council will ensure the long term future of Saltings Field as a pocket of nature in the middle of Upper Beeding.
The Management Committee meets regularly and holds an Annual Meeting in the Beeding and Bramber Village Hall every May.
A grant has been obtained from the Parish Council to pay for heavier and more arduous work needed to be undertaken to increase the conservation value of the field. Regular tasks are performed mainly by the Committee members and a small number of volunteers, however, everyone is welcome and you will find details of working party dates on the notice board at the East entrance to Saltings Field.
Please contact David Geere on 01903 813814 for further information.