Landscape and Biodiversity

It’s important to look at the landscape and biodiversity of Mid Sussex District at a strategic level. This way we can better understand the value of our local environment and help to enhance and protect it.  

The key documents which do this are:

These documents informed the Mid Sussex District plan. For more information about other similar documents, see the Evidence Base pages of the website.

Landscape and Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Guidance Document

Landscape and Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Guidance Document

Mid Sussex is in the heart of some of the most attractive countryside in England. One area of the district, the Sussex Downs, is of such quality that it has been designated a National Park. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also a significant part of the district.

Mid Sussex also boasts picturesque villages and hamlets, ancient churches, tranquil woodlands, rivers and ponds all providing important habitats for wildlife. For many people the part of the environment they value the most is that which they see every day. Landscape and biodiversity is about the commonplace as well as the rare.  

Mid Sussex District Council is committed to the principles of sustainable development which conserve and enhance both the cultural heritage and its natural resources including wildlife and landscape. The key components of a sustainable strategy for landscape and nature conservation are:

  • character areas
  • biodiversity
  • good design

A Landscape Character Assessment for Mid Sussex

The Landscape Character Assessment of Mid Sussex has been prepared to help protect and enhance the distinctive character of the District, to manage change and inform other strategic documents

Ancient Woodland Survey

Ancient Woodland Survey

Ancient woodlands are defined by Natural England as those areas where there is believed to have been continuous woodland cover since at least 1600 AD. Mid Sussex District is the tenth most wooded district in the South East, with nearly two thirds of its woodland currently classified as ancient.  Many of the woodlands in the area have a complex history and traces of past uses and management can still be seen today.  

Some of the woodland managed by Mid Sussex District Council have been classified as Ancient.


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