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 its 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
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Reserve size:
38 hectares

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