Tottington Woodlanders

Welcome to Tottington Woodlanders

We are a registered charity which manages an area of ancient woodland next to the village of Small Dole near Henfield in West Sussex.

Our volunteers cut hazel coppice on Sunday’s throughout the winter. We produce a small quantity of garden products such as bean poles, pea boughs, stakes and etherings (hedging binders). During the summer we attend local fetes to promote coppiced woodland, demonstrate traditional green wood crafts and to educate the public.

I’m Not Sure Wassail Works!

Wassailing apple trees is an ancient custom which is supposed to revitalise apple trees and improve their fertility.  On two occasions we have wassailed the apple tree adjacent to  the butterfly glade, and on each occasion there have been disastrous consequences.  On...

Coppicing – Winter Work Programme

Did you go out into a wood this year and admire all the bluebells and other flowers, or in this good year for the butterflies, see loads of them flying about in the woodland glades? If the management of the woods by coppicing ceases then it wouldn’t be many years...