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Forestry Work and Guidelines

Forestry Work and Guidelines

The work of foresters and woodworkers has been crucial in preserving the archaeology found by the fieldwork in the Secrets of the High Woods project. Elsewhere on most of the chalk of the South Downs annual ploughing since World War 2 and often earlier has removed much of the archaeological evidence.

Forestry work is now mostly mechanised, which brings the potential for forestry equipment to accidentally damage archaeological sites and evidence. To help forestry managers and workers to take the archaeology into account we have developed Guidelines which can be downloaded as a pdf.

This also includes practical examples and case studies from the project area. More information about particular sites can be obtained for forestry management work from the Historic Environment Records that serve the area.

In addition the LiDAR survey followed by the volunteers’ fieldwork has found over 500 new sites and these discoveries can be seen on the interactive map.

People who work in the woods have also been generous in giving time to the oral history work and sharing their families’ histories and photo’s.

Our recent launch event was recorded. To view the speakers below on video please click here.

  • Introduction from the ChairNick Heasman, Countryside & Policy Manager, SNDPA  
  • Introduction to the Forestry Stewardship GuidelinesCoralie Mills, Woodland Heritage Consultant  
  • The LiDAR data & GIS applicationDoug Rocks-Macqueen, Director of Analysis, Research and Technology, Landward Research Ltd  
  • The Forestry Framework – Andy Player, Woodlands Landscape and Biodiversity Leader, SDNPA
  • View from the Historic Environment Records – James Kenny, Archaeology Officer, Chichester District Council



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