Restoration sees 1,000 trees planted in the Ouse Valley

WORKING in partnership with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust embarked on a large-scale river restoration project at Sheffield Park in East Sussex before Christmas.

With the support of the Woodland Trust and EDF energy, The National Trust and Sussex Wildlife Trust have been working to restore the Ouse Valley to a more natural and scenic state.

Staff and volunteers from both organisations spent a day planting 1,000 tree saplings on the floodplain of the River Ouse. The flood plain forms part of the Southern boundary of National Trust-run Sheffield Park.

Kevan Gibbons, warden at Sheffield Park, commenting on the first phase of the project, said: “I am delighted that we have made such a good start on our plan to improve the wildlife value of the river valley. Everyone has worked really hard, and it has been a very rewarding day. I hope that we can continue to work with Sussex Wildlife Trust over the next few years”

Floodplain woodlands are relatively rare in the South East, and both the National, and Sussex Wildlife Trust are keen to restore the Ouse Valley to a more natural and scenic state, so that it may be enjoyed by generations to come.