High Weald

Field systemsThis report provides a framework for identifying and conserving our most historically-significant fields – particularly in countryside facing considerable change through development or agricultural modification.


plan_typesFarmsteads are a vital feature of the High Weald landscape.  This report details how farmsteads have been mapped and categorised in support of wider guidance on their reuse.  Understanding farmsteads so we can manage and adapt these vital buildings to the future challenges facing them is the main driver of this research.

colour study image edited 1This study documents the existing colours in the High Weald AONB landscape and provides advice on what colours can be used in new development to help to integrate it into the landscape successfully. 

farmstead_converted_oastHistoric farmsteads form an important  part of the distinctive settlement pattern of the High Weald, and so contribute to the character of this protected landscape.  Driven by a need to fill a gap in our knowledge, this research set out to examine the present day economic and social role historic farm buildings play in the High Weald AONB.


dallingtontreeThis report highlights the importance of ancient and veteran trees at Dallington Forest in East Sussex. The study is the result of an extensive project aiming to establish and promote the ecological value of the area and advise on best practice in managing the landscape.

TimberFrame_BurwashEstablished national policy tends to state that remote rural settlements are unsustainable - mainly because of the travel and proximity to services argument.  This study examines a much wider range of sustainability indicators to show how remote rural settlements can become more sustainable in response to peoples 'strategic disobedience' towards current policy.


This research investigates the story of post war development in the High Weald. It highlights the significant contribution single storey dwellings make to the character of the High Weald's settlements. The report shows the results of a preliminary investigation studying the history of single storey dwellings in a few parishes of the eastern High Weald.

Aerial-Viewcropped-webThe Making of the High Weald is one of several pieces of research that underpin the High Weald AONB Management Plan  This report has a long historical view back to the last Ice Age, and seeks to explain the main processes that have created the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Sweet-Chestnut-Leaves-FlimwThis report quantifies the role that the High Weald's woodlands play in storing carbon.

map_aerial_settlementHow did the High Weald develop its distinctive and unusual pattern of dispered and scattered farms and hamlets?  This report looks at this question at a European level. It compares the High Weald with other countries and summarises how this pattern influences the way we live, and how we can be sustainable in the High Weald today.