A healthy natural environment for Chailey Heritage

Sussex Community NHS Trust has started work at Chailey Heritage in East Sussex, aiming to restore the Westfield area of the site back to a natural heathland habitat. Following advice from Sussex Wildlife Trust about ways to improve the site for wildlife, Sussex Community NHS Trust arranged a volunteering day.

Chailey Heritage volunteering day

Photo: Sussex Community NHS Trust

In total 19 volunteers from NatWest Bank attended an employment-supported volunteering day and achieved a substantial amount of work, clearing back thistle growth in preparation for heather seeding. This was undertaken in conjunction with BTCV and the East Sussex County Council rangers, who look after the neighbouring Chailey Common; a site of national importance for its heathland plant communities.

Common Blue

Photo: Paul Marten

There is compelling evidence that contact with the natural environment can improve health and well-being. It is hoped the work undertaken at Chailey Heritage will help encourage wildlife such as butterflies on to the Westfield area and create a pleasant recreational space for children being treated at the site, staff and visitors.

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