Restoration work on forest will attract visitors and birds to bring back glory days of forest

Work to bring Ashdown Forest’s Broadwater Warren to its former glory has started.

The site is being restored as part of the next phase of a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds restoration project to recreate the mix of heath and woodland that would have existed before huge areas were planted with conifers in the 1950s. 

The long-term aim is to create up to 300 acres of heathland and restore 150 acres of mixed woodland.

Trees are set to be removed to create heath and woodland glades, with the RSPB also planting trees such as oak, hazel, rowan and willow, making the woodland richer, more diverse and better for visitors.

It is hoped when the migratory birds return next spring, they will find increased nesting areas.

Grants from SITA Trust, Biffaward and Veolia Trust has provided funding towards the project.

The RSPB is planning events in the spring to help people experience the wildlife at Broadwater Warren, which opens all year round and has more than five miles of paths, and a self-guided Nature Trail.