Who are the Tottington Woodlanders?
We are a group of volunteers who formed in 1992.
We are a registered charity that supports a designated local nature reserve.
Where is the wood?
In Small Dole, a village near Henfield in West Sussex, off the A2037. The reserve is just south of Woods Mill (Sussex Wildlife Trust HQ). It is signposted from the main road through Small Dole. OS Map Reference – TQ 21643 12712.
What do we do?
The group manages a 13 acre (5.26 hectare) woodland by using the traditional method of coppicing. We conduct surveys to assess the effects on wildlife.
What are the aims of the group?
To maintain the woodland for the benefit of wildlife, preserve ancient skills and educate the general public. We work in such a way as to have minimal impact on the wood. Mostly we use hand tools, we limit our fire sites and burn as little as possible. Generally we are self-sufficient depending on membership and sales of woodland product to cover our costs. This way we are able to leave the grant pot for those conservation groups that are not in a position to raise income.
What activities are we involved in?
The group coppice the woodland and survey its wildlife, we produce small quantities of charcoal, we attend various rural shows where we can be seen operating pole-lathes and engaging in green wood-crafts, we make assorted products to sell and also hold educational and social events – such as the Members Wassail in December.
But don’t I need special skills and lots of time?
NO – we welcome anyone who is interested and can spare just a few hours per year. Lots of SMALL contributions make a LARGE difference.