Tottington Woodlanders

Tottington Woodlanders are an active group of conservation volunteers who manage 13 acres of ancient woodland in Small Dole.Aerial view of trees

The main objective of the work that the Woodlanders carry out is to restore Tottington Wood as it was in the past and as a result produce quality timber and thus products. As a result of putting the wood back into a coppice cycle, the habitat is improved which therefore benefits and supports the local wildlife. This will hopefully increase the numbers of species present and perhaps encourage the return of those previously lost.

Tottington Woodlanders is a registered charity and affiliated to the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

Ten year history – Category of events:

  • Adur District Council promotes a project to develop the Adur Valley for both conservation and recreation.
  • Tottington Woodlanders is formed with full support of the county, district and parish councils.
  • Granted Local Nature Reserve Status by English Nature, raising the profile and providing the wood with an enhanced degree of environmental protection.
  • Comprehensive guided walk leaflet published.
  • Shortlisted for the Shell ‘Best of Britain’ award.
  • Successfully applied for Tree Warden Status, providing the organisation with access to useful training events and specialist advice.
  • The Margaret Mackley Memorial disabled access path is opened.
  • Woodlanders featured on BBC Radio 4 programme, Changing Places, attracting national acclaim.
  • Entered into negotiations to set up a Green Gym, a nationally recognised scheme using conservation projects to promote fitness.
  • Tottington Woodlanders celebrate their 10th anniversary protecting and preserving this ancient woodland.

Could you help?

New volunteers are always welcome and special days are run for youth groups. All levels of ability are catered for and we provide training and tools for all the jobs we undertake. For further details please contact Malcolm Knight on 01273 493316.

Become a member

Membership costs just £2.50 per year (£1.50 for junior membership).

This entitles you to regular newsletters on the group, the opportunity to participate in coppicing, surveys, woodland skills development, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to conserve and maintain an important community woodland.

For further details on membership, or to make a donation, please contact Helen Knight on 01273 493316.