Graffham Common

Pine plantation on ancient wet and dry heaths with a lovely acid pond.

There are two sites on either side of the Graffham / Selham road that make up the Trust's newest reserve. They were purchased in 2009 and 2010 and are part of the wider area that was once Graffham and Selham Commons. Currently under pine plantation, the reserve has a history of heath and heath pasture, reflected in the beautiful heathers along the rides and glades along with some rare wet heath plants. The site has a tranquillity belied by it's ancient history of manorial fiefdom alluded to in the name of "Gallows Hill". Previously designated SSSI, we hope to restore some of the site's former glory.

We would also like to thank the following for helping to fund the restoration of Graffham Common Nature Reserve

  • The Egremont Charitable Trust
  • Arcadia, the charitable foundation of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin
  • Natural England through the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme
  • Sussex Ornithological Society
  • Viridor Credits
  • And neighbours of the nature reserve

News from Graffham Common

    • 6666 the number of beasts

      6666 the number of beasts

      Sussex Wildlife Trust’s ecologist makes more exciting finds at Graffham Common nature reserve

    • Be tick aware

      Be tick aware

      Now summer is here it is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of ticks, where they live and what sensible precautions you can take.

    • Beefy benefits

      Beefy benefits

      Restoring rare heathland habitat at Graffham Common nature reserve

    • Funding for Nature

      Funding for Nature

      Thanks to a generous £9,739 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, via the Landfill Communities Fund, Sussex Wildlife Trust is working to restore an historic heathland at Graffham Common near Petworth in West Sussex.

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