Work Days

Please note the following from Maria:

Following government advice we are cancelling our work mornings until further notice.  We are hoping that it won’t be too long until we can get back to work. But please follow all the guidelines regarding social distancing.

In the meantime I want to thank so many FOCHW members and residents for continuing to care for Croham Hurst Woods. Many clear up litter daily and others advise me of any anti-social issues. Despite increased footfall the Hurst looks magnificent and is a lifeline for us all during these difficult times. It is a Site of Scientific Interest and a Centre for Nature Conservation. We are lucky to have such beauty and nature on our doorstep. Please help us to continue caring for our woodland by taking home your litter – it is harmful to our wildlife.

Fires are a real threat and are not permitted. Carelessness destroyed scarce heathland on the top of the Hurst in 2017 in a serious fire.  We have been working hard to restore the heathland with some success.  Also cycling is not permitted here. The surface in places is very fragile and cycling is causing damage.

There is so much to enjoy in a place of peace, beauty, birdsong and a haven for some animals and I  hope you all continue to enjoy this very special place.

You are very welcome to join our work days which start at 10.00 am on the last Saturday of the month (except August and December). (See dates below). However at this uncertain time please note that the work days may be cancelled. If you would like to attend first of all please contact Maria Gatland. Her details are on the “contact” page of this website. Tools are provided but please bring a drink and/or snack if you feel you need them and always wear appropriate shoes and clothes.  You can work for as long as it suits you but usually we finish by lunch time.  All details and the meeting point will be available here on the website, on posters in the Hurst and also on Twitter – @GatlandMaria.

It is shameful that our last bench in the meadow funded by members of FOCHW was stolen over the summer. If anyone has any information about this please let me know.

We are  very lucky to have such a wonderful ancient woodland on our door step and if you want to help please contact Maria.  You will have noticed the regeneration works happening now in the Hurst. Funded through the generosity of FOCHW and the Forestry Commission it is already making a striking difference.  Thanks to all our members for their support.


Pictured below are some of the many volunteers who regularly attend the work days. Thanks to you all.

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