Highwoods entrance

High Woods is a 33.7-hectare (83-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the northern outskirts of Bexhill-on-Sea. It is owned by Rother District Council and managed by Highwoods Preservation Society.


Highwoods is one of the few surviving examples of coppiced woodland left in East Sussex and has several different habitats, including the only area of sessile oak coppice in the county. There are also areas of pedunculate oak and birch woodland, acidic grassland on wet heath, ponds and streams.

Accessibility and additional needs

There are two paved access-for-all-trails from the car park entrance. One is approx. 600m long, the other is about 1200m in length. They are designed for wheelchair users and others with mobility problems. There is also a marked trail for horse riders, about 1.7 km in length. There is a designated "Disabled Only" parking space.

Highwoods Preservation Society (HPS), Bexhill On Sea

Managing the Highwoods for wildlife and public enjoyment. It is open to all 24/7/365. Cycling and motor vehicles are not permitted in the woodland areas.

Website http://www.highwoodsbexhill.org.uk/

Contact Information: Address 56 Grange Court Drive, Bexhill on Sea, TN39 4AZ Phone 01424 217320 Email highwoods@btinternet.com

Contact Details:

Alan Dengate – Hon. Warden Address: 56 Grange Court Drive, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4AZ Telephone: 01424 217320 Email: alan.dengate@btinternet.com

Chris Ashford – Trustee Address: Sunbeams, 41 Broadoak Lane, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4LG Telephone: 01424 844524 Email: chris.ashford@btconnect.com

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Grid Ref: TQ 716096 Peartree Lane TN39 4RA