Park Wood Path Consultation

Closes 27 Jan 2022

Opened 2 Dec 2021

Results expected 10 Feb 2022

Feedback expected 10 Feb 2022

Overview

 

Park Wood is one of the largest areas of unfragmented woodland in the Hailsham area in East Sussex.

The Environment Agency's vision is to restore the woodland and to conserve and enhance its biodiversity through a sustainable woodland management approach that works with natural processes.

Community access will be improved and maintained with the aim of enhancing recreational opportunities for local people.

More information can be found on our information page.

As part of the ongoing work to improve Park Wood, the Environment Agency will be installing new way markers on the footpaths within the wood.

We are aware that the existing path network takes walkers and horseriders to bridges over the Hurst Haven which are no longer there. At the moment, we are unable to provide new bridges so instead propose a new path network. Only way-marked paths will be given a Public Safety Risk Assessment and appropriate actions taken when needed - removing dangerous branches/brush etc.

The Environment Agency would like your views on whether our proposed paths are suitable for you as regular users of the woodland.

Current path network

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Proposed path network 

The link to the online survey can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

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At the moment, we do not have funding for any additional bridges. We are also investigating the additional liability risks which come with the addition of new bridges within the woodland.

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Unfortunately, the bridge which was suitable for horses was deemed unsafe a number of years ago and needed to be removed. We have consulted with the British Horse Society and understand the need for a looped path for horses, which is why we are proposing the new route in green.

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We ask all users of the wood to stick to waymarked paths. These are the only paths that are assessed and maintained for Public Safety. Sticking to the marked paths also allows for ground-nesting birds and other wildlife within the woodland to remain undisturbed.

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The routes have been walked by Environment Agency staff and have been chosen as they are currently accessible, take different routes through different areas of woodland and do not take woodland users to bridges which are no longer there.
As you can see from the two maps (available to view on the online survey), the total length of route is still the same, but the new routes avoid taking woodland users to bridges which no longer exist.

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Unfortunately, the paths are not easily accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs, due to the nature of the pathways as they can be quite muddy. We intend to carry out path maintenance and explore the possibility of increasing access for all within the wood.

Why your views matter

We want your views on whether our proposed paths are suitable for you as regular users of the woodland.

We encourage you to submit your response to the consultation online, which will enable you to manage your comments more effectively. It will also help us  to gather and summarise responses quickly, accurately and cost effectively.

If you respond online and provide an email address, your response will be automatically acknowledged and you will receive a receipt.  

If you prefer, you can download the response form and once completed send it to park.wood@environment-agency.gov.uk before 11:45 pm on 27 January 2022.

Or you can submit your response by post to the address below sending it on or before 27 January 2022.

Park Wood Consultation

Environment Agency, Pevensey Office, Coast Road, Pevensey, BN24 6ND

 

 

 

Give us your views

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Habitats and wildlife