Events and Work throughout the year


The Conservation Volunteers meet at 10.00 a.m on the 3rd Saturday of each month throughout the year, for 2 -3 hours.

The meeting place is at the Thatched Cottage in Bolnore Village. It is conveniently close to our new tool store. If you live outside Bolnore Village, the Thatched Cottage is accessible via the Bridleway from Ashenground Railway Bridge. The meeting place is where Renfields crosses the Bridleway.

Not all the work involves coppicing – we are also busy mowing the grassy places, and cutting back path edges, or litter picking and other light work if you prefer, as any help is appreciated. All tools are provided.

You don’t need experience – training will be given. Please wear stout footwear.

Members and non-members are welcome, but under 18s and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a responsible adult, who will be responsible for them throughout.

Conservation team working

We run some special events during the year. Members and non-members are welcome. Information about these will be posted here, on the notice boards in the woods and on our Facebook page. Events are Free of Charge to members and non-members. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for them throughout.

Events for 2023 and January 2024 - ALL OUR EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE

  • Free Woodland Art Class lead by Laura from Mindful Art Sussex - ONLY 10 PLACES AVAILABLE, first come first served - Sunday 30th July @ 2.00pm-3.30pm - contact Laurafoabw@gmail.com to secure your spot. (Easels, equiptment, acrylic paint, brushes and an A4 canvas will be provided for free on the day, equiptment will be returned at the end of the session but you can take your artwork home. If you would like to bring other mediums or your own canvas, you are welcome to.)

  • Children’s Bug Hunt with MSDC Ranger and Debby Martell-Blake - Sunday 13th August @ 2.30pm-4.00pm - Meet at Railway Bridge (incase of bad weather the alternative date will be Saturday 26th August - same time/same place)

  • Bird of Prey Afternoon - Saturday 19th August @ 2.00pm-4.00pm - Meet at Weaver’s Meadow

  • Evening Bat Walk - Friday 1st September @ 7.30pm-9.00pm - Meet at Railway Bridge - BRING A TORCH

  • Fungi Hunt - Saturday 7th October @ - Meet at Railway Bridge - BRING A TORCH

  • Woodland Art Class - SUNDAY 21st JANUARY 2024 at 12.30PM - 2.30PM with Laura Maynard Meet at Railway Bridge Mindfull Art Poster Jan 2024 LANDSCAPE FORMAT .pdf Woodland art poster Jan 24


Minutes of A.G.M (and Conservation Activity Reports) - see Facebook page or download latest AGM: FOAB AGM Minutes 12 March 2023.pdf

Information Lecterns

Mid Sussex District Council have placed Information Lecterns in Pond Meadow, The Great Spreading Oak in Renfields, Railway Path, Boundary Path (near School), Renfields top of Bridleway, Catts Wood and Bolnore Wood. New noticeboard at entrance to the Bridleway via railway bridge.

Sussex Stag Beetle Initiative would like you to consider making a home in your garden for Stag Beetles. It is very simple, see their instructions – click on the poster below. These fabulous creatures are our largest native beetle and they are under threat. The adult beetle only lives for a few weeks in the summer, their breeding season is very short. Their larvae develop underground, this takes several years, they live on rotting wood during this time, building up fat stores until they develop in to adults. The females remain in the area, the males fly off in pursuit of a female. (For more details of Sussex Stag Beetle Initiative, please go to their Facebook page)