Community spaces

Everyone can do their bit for the High Weald, no matter how small the space!

Whether it’s managing wildlife habitat on school grounds, reducing light pollution in your parish or planting a community orchard, we can inspire and guide you.

There may even be funding available for your project through the Sussex Lund grant programme.

Getting started

The first step to managing a community green space is to create a site or land management plan.

A land management plan should include clear goals for your site and an action plan for how to achieve them.

Visit our dedicated page for guidance on how to develop your own land management plan.

Tree establishment

A load of trees ready to be planted by a amiling female volunteer

Tree planting projects are a popular way for communities to ‘green’ their community spaces.

We can provide advice and guidance on planting the right tree in the right place here in the High Weald AONB.

Roadside verges

orchids growing in a roadside verge, surrounded by trees and hedges on both sides

Wildflower verges are part of the High Weald’s natural beauty and often a refuge for wildlife that has disappeared elsewhere.

Learn more about the different types of verges in the High Weald and how they should be managed to retain their special character and wildlife value.

Land management advice

children picking apples in an orchard

Learn about the wonderful habitats of the High Weald and how to manage them, including:

  • Woodland
  • Grassland
  • Hedges
  • Ponds