High Weald

Folder Evidence

Research reports produced or commissioned by the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee as part of the  evidence base for the High Weald AONB Management Plan.

pdf Wooded Heaths in the High Weald ( pdf, 302 KB )

This report challenges the treatment of woodland and heathland as separate habitats in the High Weald, exploring their intertwined history and the cultural importance of wooded heaths. It proposes a protocol for their survey and assessment, and considers the utilisation of historical maps of the area to inform understanding.

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pdf The High Weald sandstone project ( pdf, 1.30 MB )

A report on a project investigating interdisciplinary approaches to assessing and providing guidance on sandrock management. Includes a summary of the geological evolution of the High Weald, its sandstone outcrops and their associated features. The report also outlines a methodology for surveying sandrock and discusses survey results, as well as identifying opportunities for further research.

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pdf High Weald Pond Report ( pdf, 535 KB )

Author: Pond Conservation Trust
This report reviews the national and regional scientific and policy contexts for ponds in the High Weald AONB, and puts forward recommendations for practical action to achieve biodiversity gains. This document supports the development of pond conservation projects in the Brede River catchment with an emphasis on community involvement.

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pdf Eco-camping report ( pdf, 389 KB )

Summarises research on environmental impacts associated with camping and recreational activity, draws out the information and ecological principles particularly relevant to eco-camping in the High Weald AONB, and puts forward recommendations regarding future eco-camping development.

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pdf Overview of the Character & Ecological Significance of Gill Woodland in the High Weald AONB ( pdf, 16.29 MB )

This report provides information on the High Weald's steep-sided ravines or gills; their distribution, ecological significance, history, key species, protection status and threats. The report also provides much-needed management guidance, as well as presenting the results of ecological survey work and suggesting how future monitoring might best progress.

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pdf High Weald Biodiversity Statement ( pdf, 12.78 MB )

Author: High Weald AONB Unit 
The High Weald Biodiversity Statement provides a synthesis of the information and data on the biological diversity and ecological importance of the Kent and Sussex High Weald. The Statement brings together information from across portions of three counties and includes descriptions of what makes the area's habitats special, accompanied by maps of habitat extent and habitat species lists: those considered to be particularly distinctive or notable aswell as those considered to be commonly associated. The report also highlights shortfalls and gaps in what is currently known about the region's biodiversity.

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pdf Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reserves in the Weald Basin ( pdf, 331 KB )
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pdf High Weald fracking report ( pdf, 781 KB )

Author: High Weald AONB Unit

The purpose of this synthesis paper is to provide a brief overview of hydraulic fracturing in the UK, its application and potential, and its possible environmental impacts on the High Weald AONB.

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pdf Value of AONB partnerships report ( pdf, 474 KB )
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pdf Restocking the Weald: Securing the future of livestock farming in the High Weald's working landscape ( pdf, 2.16 MB )

Author: Bill Vorley
A report identifying the causes for the decline in livestock farming in the High Weald based on interviews with farmers, land agents, farm advisors, marketers, retailers, statutory bodies and researchers. It sets out proposals for shaping the debate on improving the productivity of the grassland resource and making environmental stewardship work.

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pdf Human Landscape Perception of the High Weald ( pdf, 3.46 MB )

Report exploring the historical development of human landscape perception, the various theories which help explain landscape perception and recommendations on how to incorporate this into landscape policy.

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pdf High Weald Tourism Report ( pdf, 1.20 MB )

Report collating available information on tourism in the High Weald AONB, including visitor profiles and trends, available visitor activities, the economic value of tourism and levels of demand.

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pdf High Weald SNCI grassland review report ( pdf, 106 KB )

This review updates the available information about the ownership, management regimes and condition of species-rich, neutral grassland designated as SNCIs in the High Weald.

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pdf Single Storey, Twentieth Century Dwellings in the High Weald: A preliminary investigation based on the eastern High Weald ( pdf, 3.23 MB )

Author: Dr Brendan Chester-Kadwell

This report explores the significance of single-storey 20th Century dwellings in the Eastern High Weald which are vulnerable to unsuitable modifications and loss through demolition for larger replacement dwellings.

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pdf Settlement: Summary of historic settlement development in the High Weald ( pdf, 676 KB )

Author: Dr Roland Harris

This report provides a summary of settlement history in the High Weald explaining why the late development of Wealden towns and villages defies standard typologies and highlighting the importance of understanding individual settlements in planning new development.

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pdf Commons, Greens and Settlement in the High Weald AONB: Scoping Assessment from Kent and Sussex Historic Landscape Characterisations ( pdf, 14.63 MB )

Author: Dr Nicola Bannister

Commons and greens are a characteristic feature of the High Weald. This report explains their origins and history, and uses extracts from the HLC and Hasted to identify the historic location of markets and fairs, and hamlets that have grown up around former commons and greens.

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pdf Energy use and generation audit ( pdf, 1.81 MB )
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pdf Historic routeways survey pack ( pdf, 1.12 MB )
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pdf High Weald Woodlands Carbon Report ( pdf, 386 KB )

Author: Sandy Greig

This study provides a carbon account for the woodlands of the High Weald, including estimates of carbon stored above and below ground in woodlands, and net CO2 emissions reductions from using wood as a fuel and using timber in construction.

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pdf Historic Farmsteads: A Manual for Mapping ( pdf, 6.74 MB )

Author: Forum Heritage Services

This manual provides a guide on the mapping of historic farmsteads and dataset creation to explain the methodology of rapid farmstead character assessment and enable consistency.

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