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Experience a landscape shaped by traditional rural life

Woolbeding Estate in West Sussex is quietly tucked away in the tranquil Rother Valley. With its wide horizons and intimate secluded places, this huge estate has an extraordinary blend of habitats.

To the north are the wild and open greensand hills and commons. To the south take in glorious views from the parkland and wander along the River Rother with its steep-sided woods and pasture. It is an example of a mediaeval strip parish, divided by earth banks secured with stone-faced walls, marking boundaries between common and agricultural land.

Woolbeding Common is a lowland heath supporting rare birds such as woodlark and nightjar. Reptiles thrive here among heather and gorse together with specialist insects such as long-horned beetles.

Grazing by traditional hardy breeds maintains diverse, high-quality habitats. Old Spot and Saddleback pigs root down and break up the bracken rhizomes. Belted Galloway cows target graze the heath, and in the parkland browse alongside Sussex cows and Herdwick sheep. Their pasture lies beside the snaking loops of the River Rother shaded by magnificent oaks.

Fun family events

Come and enjoy our wickedly spooky Halloween trail Thursday 30th October 5pm - 7pm at Woolbeding Gardens. Come in fancy dress and watch out for ghoulish surprises.....

Frost warming walks

You can enjoy beautiful walks and strolls by the river and stunning downland views at Woolbeding, a perfect place to enjoy autumn colours and frosty days.

Volunteering

Volunteers scrub clearing © Howard Cooper

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at Woolbeding, Harting Down or Lavington Common. If you love nature and being outdoors, then why not join our team of volunteers?

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