Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods

by Sarah Jones Spotlight on Brighton

The Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods ( FHBW) is a volunteer group that manages two woodlands on the Northern outskirts of Brighton with guidance from Brighton and Hove Rangers. By creating glades and other habitats within the woods we are able to encourage a wide range of flora and fauna into the area. We also keep paths clear and install benches so that everyone can enjoy this beautiful area.

We meet once a month on alternating Saturdays and Sunday mornings. Volunteers are shown how to use different tools safely and then set loose to cut back bramble, prune hedges, edge paths, plant up and weed butterfly banks, and dig in new trees. A gentle litter pick is always available for people who want less strenuous work and there's a welcome tea break halfway through each session. One of the lovely things about the group is the range of ages, life experiences, political views, and interests so conversation if you want it, is always engaging. Quite a few volunteers are very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the woods and it's great to learn the names of the plants from them or have someone point out an unnoticed Woodpecker in a tree as we work.

It's a sociable group and we run other events throughout the year, with an annual day trip somewhere, a visiting speaker, a January meal out, and a Summer picnic.

If you think you would like to volunteer with this group then please contact at

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