Tottington Woodlanders

We are a registered charity which manages an area of ancient woodland next to the village of Small Dole near Henfield in West Sussex.

Heavy Horse and Craft Day

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Tottington Woodlanders are celebrating 25 years of looking after our local woodland, mainly for the benefit of the indigenous flora and fauna but also for all the local people that take pleasure in the woodland and its vibrant floral displays and varied bird life. In celebration of this milestone we are organising a heavy horse logging and woodland crafts day on Saturday, August 19th. Those of you that have visited the woods recently will have seen that, as well as our coppicing activities we have been reducing the top canopy around the charcoal kiln area to let in more light to promote better growth and make the area more attractive to butterflies and moths. The smaller wood around there will be turned into charcoal (probably over the Easter weekend) and on August 19th the larger trunks will be extracted by horse to be milled in the “butterfly glade” by the fallen crab apple. As well as Daniel Brown with his lovely horse and Woodlouse Industries operating the sawmill there will be a number of craftsmen/women in the woods around the “social” are where the fire site is, demonstrating and selling their craft. This is a one-off event and we would be delighted to see any and all of you for what I hope will be a really enjoyable day out. There will be on-site catering that we hope will satisfy most tastes. Entrance is free and parking will be on Mackleys Field by the village hall – same place as for the Small Dole Show. We will post updates on this website. Please let all your friends know, although we will also be advertising it as widely as we can manage

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