Meadow Restoration at Pond Lye SNCI Resumes

Restoration of the meadow at Pond Lye SNCI resumed in March. Volunteers gathered to complete the clearance of blackthorn and bramble to re-establish the boundaries of the original meadow. They worked hard and over the weeks that followed achieved the result that we sought. The work required to dispose of the huge piles of cuttings created is continuing with bonfire parties attending weekly to tackle the task.

Other volunteers have turned their attention to improving the quality of the cleared meadow where blackthorn and bramble regrowth requires attention. When this is completed the meadow will be left to flourish during the summer months with the annual meadow cut scheduled to begin at the end of the summer season. This requires many people to cut the meadow, rake the cuttings into stacks and dispose of them in preparation for the following year. In this way we will progressively improve its quality and hopefully create the right conditions for some of the former distinctive flora species that were originally listed when it became an SNCI, to return.


Volunteers resuming the brush clearance.


Huge piles of  brush cuttings are created for eventual burning.

Waitrose Community Matters Scheme Result

To: The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group Supporters and other interested parties.

We wrote to our supporters and other interested parties in January appealing for support to help us in the Community Matters Scheme run by Waitrose Supermarket in Burgess Hill where we were one of the beneficiaries. We are as you are aware, a voluntary organisation that charges no fee for membership as we feel countryside issues should include every interested person regardless of income. All our income to support our nature conservation work comes from grants and supporter’s voluntary contributions. This means we seek as many funding opportunities as we can.

We are very pleased to announce that we obtained £275.00 from their Green Token Scheme to support local groups. This is a welcome boost to our funds and we wish to thank all of you who contributed in this way to help us and of course Waitrose Supermarket for providing us with this opportunity.

Our conservation costs are continuous and without the generosity of our supporters and others we would not be able to protect our local countryside and wildlife in the way we do.

Thank you to all who helped us with this funding opportunity.

Michael Nailard.


 Waitrose Supermarket Community Matters Scheme Funding.