Ancient Sussex wood to be saved by axing conifer trees

Brede High Woods
Image caption The woods were home to iron making industries

Conifer trees in an ancient Sussex wood will be chopped down to allow native species to grow following a £25,000 grant.

The Woodland Trust has been awarded the money to help return parts of Brede High Woods to ancient woodland.

Due to the shade created by non-native conifer trees, native species have suffered under the canopy.

The work will involve thinning the densely planted conifers to help species such as bird's-nest orchid.

The trust was given the grant by the Veolia Environmental Trust.

The money is in addition to £50,000 it received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, in August, for a community archaeology project in the woods.

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