The Sussex Weald was once a huge forest spanning from the North to the South Downs. Over the centuries man has developed most of it so only a small fraction remains. The South of England is a densely populated area of the Country. Every way you turn, new developments are eating into the countryside. If current Government practice is not stemmed our children and grandchildren will be living in the suburbs, not the beautiful counties that we know. Even traditional cemeteries use around 100 acres of land each year. Land that becomes barren and eventually sterile as long term maintenance becomes a liability. It is also a permitted development in green belt and strategic gap land.
Modern farming methods have cleared further woods along with drastic reductions in hedgerows. Smaller woods do not help species migrate as they stay under the isolated tree cover or are vulnerable when caught in open ground.
Our 13 acre site with your help will return to beautiful natural native woodland and will link up with two other existing woods, creating migration corridors for animals. Both wild flora and fauna will be encouraged. This woodland will be protected forever, it will be your legacy to future generations, you can make a difference.
The importance of woodland is being realised across the globe, from Africa to the Amazon. Woodland and the trees that make up a vital component of them, are essential to life. They have numerous benefits for both wildlife and people.
Woods stabilise the soil, provide shelter, generate oxygen, lock carbon, provide habitats for thousands of species of flora and fauna, rejuvenate the soil, provide fuel and food.
Woods support life on earth.
Woods have a magical and mystical quality that makes them a wonderful place to come and visit. Walking in the woods can give you a feeling of peace and tranquility.
A world without woods would be a very barren and bare place.
A county without woods would not be Sussex.
UK WOODLAND FACTS
The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe
In the last 100 years 46 broad leaf species have become extinct in the UK
Only a minority of new trees planted in the UK are native species
Clayton Wood will be a place to come, remember the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future. As the seasons change you will see the circle of life unfolding. Bluebells, acorns, leaf fall, snowdrops, daffodils, butterflies, birds, rabbits, deer, squirrels every day you will see the circle of life unfold.
Although you may see just a meadow now, it will not be long before the trees mature. All the trees that we use are native species, and seed grow in this country. Please see the list of trees we will be planting, if there is a tree that you would prefer that is not on our list please contact us and we will try and accommodate your wishes.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE