Nature Conservation

Nature Conservation is about managing sites for the benefit of wildlife. Across the district, there is a whole network of different habitats valuable to wildlife. Woodlands, hedgerows, meadows, ponds, streams, rivers, parks and gardens all join together to increase biodiversity.

All of our conservation sites are free and open all year round.

We manage most of our sites to be wildlife friendly, but at some we actively encourage wildlife. We do this with a lot of help from local volunteer conservation friends groups. If you'd like to get involved at any of our sites listed below, please contact us for more details.

East Grinstead

Ashplats Wood

Located next to the playing fields at East Court. The site includes coppiced woodland, grassland meadows, streams and ponds. For more information see the Ashplats Conservation Group website.

Farm Close Meadows

Located off Farm Close. The sloping site includes grassland meadows, scrub and a pond. Features a public footpath which offers good links to the wider countryside.

Herons Ghyll

Located off Herontye Drive. A small sloping site with woodland and five ponds.

Lindfield

Eastern Road Local Nature Reserve

Located off Eastern Road, Lindfield. The site consists of woodland, scrub rough grassland with mature trees and a pond.

Haywards Heath

Scrase Valley Local Nature Reserve

Located between Lindfield and Haywards Heath. The site consists of a stream, woodland and rare wet meadow.

Blunts Wood and Paiges Meadows Local Nature Reserve

Located off Blunts Wood Road. The site includes a mixture of deciduous woodland, meadows, ancient hedges and wetlands.

Ashenground and Bolnore Woods Local Nature Reserve

Located to the west of the railway line, in Bolnore. Includes pockets of woodland around Bolnore, including Catts Wood to the west of the village. For more information see the Friends of Ashenground and Bolnore Woods website.

Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill has a network of conservation sites around the town known as Burgess Hill Green Circle. Some are managed by MSDC and some by Burgess Hill Town Council. For more detailed information, see the Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle website.

Bedelands Farm Local Nature Reserve

Accessed from Maple Drive, next to the playing fields at Leylands Park. One of the biggest nature conservation sites managed by MSDC, the site includes woodland, scrub, grassland meadows, hedges and ponds. The site is an SNCI (Site of Nature Conservation Importance) Valebridge Meadow at Bedelands was designated a Coronation Meadow in 2013.

Green Crescent

A continuous arc to the west and south of Jane Murray Way, linked by public footpaths and bridleways with links to wider countryside. From Pangdean Lane meadows in the north you can walk through Malthouse Lane Meadows down to Hammonds Ridge and Nightingale Lane meadows to the south of the town. Along the way you’ll see mature specimen trees in meadows, newly planted woodland, hedgerows and ponds.

Contact

parksopenspaces@midsussex.gov.uk or 01444 477392