The Friston Forest Grazing Project is based on 200 acres of land at the northern end of the forest. This area and the wider forest has been leased by the Forestry Commission from South East Water since 1929 and is situated on a large aquifer which supplies water to Eastbourne and the surrounding area. Protection of the aquifer is of paramount importance and the other objectives of timber production, recreation and conservation must be carried out with this in mind.
Most of the forest was planted with Beech in the 1950s, in places with conifers to help young broadleaf trees to develop. Gradually many of the conifers have been removed to leave large areas of beech.
Because many of the trees were planted over a very short timeframe, the Forestry Commission is concentrating on diversifying the forest through thinning, small fellings, natural regeneration and planting.
The Forestry Commission encourages open access and has developed facilities to promote this. For more information on visiting Friston Forest please visit the Forestry Commission website.