A number of incredible individual trees can be found in The Living Coast, including:
Britain's tallest native tree (above), Newtimber nr. Poynings – this beech is a true forest giant standing 44 m tall!
Ancient yew tree, Stanmer church yard - a veteran with over 6 m girth, potentially dating back to Saxon times.
Largest and oldest English Elms in the world, Preston Park Brighton - the 'Preston Twins' stand together at the northwest end.
A number of pioneering and exemplary new wildlife habitats have been created in The Living Coast which can be appreciated by people, including:
Brighthelm Gardens, Brighton (above) – chalk 'butterfly bank' with local wildflowers - the South Downs in miniature!
Butterfly Haven, Brighton - the original inspiration for butterfly banks, part of Dorothy Stringer school grounds in Surrenden Road
Big Park, Peacehaven - new woodland and open habitats established through community project
A few species of garden plants are not only highly attractive to us humans but also to pollinating insects too, as highlighted by The Level's gardener:
Catmint (Nepeta spp. e.g. x frassenii variety) – see picture above
Marjoram (Origanum vulgare) – a native wildflower of the Downs
Sage (Salvia spp. e.g. x sylvestris ‘caradonna’)
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – a particular favourite of bumble bees
Perennial wallflowers (Erisymum linifolium, e.g. Bowles Mauve var.)
We are incredibly lucky to harbour some superb individual elm trees in our The Living Coast, as you can see yourself at:
Hove Rec (N & W) - hosts exceptionally rare examples of Kidbrooke, Klemmer and Pitteurs elm tree varieties
Crespin Way (pictured) - overlooks the Brighton-Lewes railway, with lots of rare Dutch clones and two groups of very rare Himalayan elms
Stanmer Park - arboretum by wood behind the House includes Golden Siberian elm and very rare clones
Happy Valley, Woodingdean (W) - fine large elms including the world's largest 'Ulmus 260' clone
Stanford Avenue - this street has two of the last examples of particular elm varieties worldwide
Native species of woody evergreen trees & shrubs you can find in our The Living Coast include:
Holly - stands out in winter in the woodland understorey, its bright crimson berries are much sought after (pic above)
Ivy - ubiquitous climbing plant on trees and walls, of great value for pollinating insects
Mistletoe - a rarer parasitic plant growing in clusters high up in certain trees, especially lime, poplar and apples
Yew - grows for hundreds or even thousands of years, found especially in churchyards
Juniper - rare shrub on the chalk downs, with blue berries used in distilling gin
Truleigh Hill - near the radio beacons
Southwick Hill - National Trust land
Devil's Dyke - Constable's 'finest view'
Ditchling Beacon - highest point of the Biosphere
Mount Caburn - national nature reserve above Lewes
Ouse Valley at Rodmell - near the YHA centre is good
Brighton-Saltdean, Undercliff walk - take the trail from behind Brighton Marina of the SSSI
Southerham chalk pits by Lewes - a rich collection of fossils has been found at three old quarries protected as geological SSSIs
Devil's Dyke, nr Brighton - the largest dry chalk valley in the UK, reputedly created by the devil rather than the last Ice Age!