The Lost Woods hibernation – The Lost Woods project is reaching the end of Stage One, our research & development phase.

From June, Lost Woods will take a rest for a few months while the funders consider the new proposal.

We hope to be back in Autumn with a new five-year phase of funding.

In the meantime here are a selection of publications and articles from all the exciting work completed in Phase One:-

The Lost Woods project have just released the finished video about AirS’s Community work narrated by Karen, one of our Village Agents.

Here is a lovely short film (2 minutes), of Mike from Sussex Wildlife Trust, with pupils and teachers at Chailey School, taking part in a leaky dam building day – Chailey School leaky dam building day

From Lost Woods to Loved Woods – our short fun guide to visiting woodlands in Sussex.  If you would like a copy to take to the woods, please send a large SAE to AirS, Suite F1, Waterside Centre, North Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PE.

Also, if you want to find a woods or a sustainability/conservation group near you, take a look at our interactive map:-


      Read about the Tottington Woodlanders who are a small charity managing the hazel coppice in 13 acres of, previously neglected, ancient woodland – Tottington Woodlanders Article






      Butcher’s Wood has been under the stewardship of the Woodland Trust since 1988 and provides open access to the public. As a partner to the Woodland Trust’s Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs initiative, Action in Rural Sussex have been acting locally to promote and coordinate local activities to benefit the volunteers, the woods and the visitors to it.

      In the following interview, conducted by Nina Thaddeus and edited by James Huggett, Amanda Felix shares some thoughts about her lifelong experience of the woods – A Personal history of Butchers Wood

      Scaynes Hill Sustainability Group (SHSG) held a Dawn Chorus walk in May.  Follow the link for pictures and the lovely feedback from the day – SHSG Family Nature Trail and Dawn Chorus Walk.


      Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs – This exciting partnership programme begun in July 2020, it will facilitate community action to bring to life forgotten areas of woodland in Sussex.

      The project has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop plans over an initial 18 month period, with the hope of unlocking further funding to deliver a full and ambitious programme that will bring life back to these lost woods.

      AirS involvement in the project is to work with villagers, volunteers and landowners to connect, inspire and educate. Supporting them to access and benefit from their local woodlands creating an enhanced woodland that benefits both the landscape and wider communities.

      The Project Aims

      • Ensure more local people have access to woods.
      • Train local woodland managers in the traditional skills of coppicing, hedge laying and charcoal production.
      • Work with woodland owners to improve the condition of ancient woods with a focus on biodiversity.
      • Work with schools to get more children learning in a woodland environment.
      • Record all the ancient, veteran and notable trees in the area.
      • Write new management plans that include the care of old trees.
      • Create new woodland habitat through natural regeneration.

      AirS is working in partnership with Small Woods Association, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust with additional support from Environment Agency & Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust

      The project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund


      We have launched! Thanks to partners Action in rural Sussex Small Woods Sussex Wildlife Trust and The Woodland Trust and funder National Lottery Heritage Fund we will be working together to rescue forgotten woodland across Sussex.

      Posted by Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs on Thursday, 23 July 2020


      From Storrington in the West of Sussex to the fringes of Lewes in the East, this project aims to put life back into neglected and forgotten woodlands. If you live or work in or near this area, and love the countryside, we’d like to work with you. Please drop us a line and we will get in touch.


      Many woods here are in a sorry state. They are often small and fragmented and suffer from a range of issues such as infringement of development, under-management and the effects of climate change. Without intervention, there is a real risk these woods and their wildlife will be lost forever. The Lost Woods project will work with local communities and landowners to rescue these woods or bring these woods in to a better condition, boosting biodiversity, creating a more resilient network of trees and a haven for wildlife.

      How nature can benefit my mental health

      Spending time in the woods and natural areas can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing, for example

      • Improves mood
      • Reduces blood pressure
      • Reduces stress
      • Improves sleep
      • Helps to feel more relaxed
      • Improves physical health
      • Increases energy levels
      • Helps you make new connections

      “For months during Coronavirus we had to stay safe, indoors. We know that local people love woodlands – but not everyone knows where they can visit, or what is allowed. AirS will work with local communities to get out and into woodlands. Added benefits are that this helps to reduce isolation, combat obesity, and improve mental health’. Steve Lewis, Manager of Lost Woods Project.

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      Contact Us

      Alexandra Goddard, Project Administrator, 07514 648057
      Working days Monday-Thursday
      Fran Corney, Lost Woods Village Agent, 07514 646255
      Working days Tuesday – Friday
      Jessie RodriguezLost Woods Village Agent, 645244
      Working days Tuesday-Thursday
      Karen Laver, Lost Woods Village Agent, 07854 249014
      Working days Wednesday-Friday
      Steve Lewis, Community Based Services Lead, 07540 795277
      Working days Monday-Thursday

      “Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”