Ashenground and Bolnore Woods Local Nature Reserve is a small area of beautiful ancient woodland in Haywards Heath, lying to the south of the bridleway that runs from Ashenground Road to Bolnore village. It includes Ashenground Wood, Pierce’s Wood, Catts Wood and Bolnore Wood. This unique habitat has been acquired by Mid-Sussex District Council. The area is popular with local residents and is a valuable wildlife refuge and resource. A friends group, Friends of Ashenground and Bolnore Woods, helps care for the woods for the benefit of the whole community.
In 2008 the Woods were formally declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) with the approval of Natural England and with the support of Mid Sussex District Council and Sussex Wildlife Trust. There are permissive paths through all the woods, and a public bridleway immediately to the north. The bridleway has been upgraded and now provides a link from Ashenground up to Bolnore Road that is easily accessible throughout the year.
Please Click on Map link below:
KEY TO MAP: 1) CASCADE PATH 1A) POND MEADOW PATH 2) RAILWAY PATH
3) PIERCES WOOD/BROOKLANDS PATH 4) ‘WIGGLY’ PATH 5) TOP PATH
6) MIDDLE PATH 7) BOUNDARY PATH 8) SCHOOL PATH 10) SOUTH RAILWAY SHAW
11) NORTH RAILWAY SHAW 12) 4 ACRE WOOD PATH
NET RAIL DRAINAGE WORKS OCT 2018 – JUNE 2019
You may be wondering why the South Railway Shaw and Railway Path in Ashenground Woods have been cut back so drastically. Network Rail are to start a program of drainage works along the rail side of the woods in the coming months. In order to carry out these works they will need to use a large drilling machine which will be run along a temporary access ‘road’ within these two areas of the wood. When the works commence, these areas will be fenced off to the public for the duration of the project. The trees which have been cut down on the South Railway Shaw will be replaced with saplings after works are completed in June 2019.