What we're doing

We’re planting more than 14,000 tree whips across Brighton & Hove as part of our work to regenerate woodlands that have been devastated by ash dieback.

This is part of our Ash Dieback Regeneration Plan, which hopes to restore key woodland areas and enhance the city’s woodlands for the future.

Work will begin in Coldean where 2,640 tree whips will be planted over a 5-day period from 23 January 2023.

The tree whips will be planted with 1m to 2.5m spacing and with tubex tree protection and a wooden stake to support.

Replanting will continue over a period of 3 months at sites across the city in:

  • Woodingdean
  • Moulsecoomb
  • Westdene
  • Wild Park
  • Coney Wood
  • Abinger Woods
  • ‘Three Cornered Copse’ in Hove.

We’re planning to plant a further 70,000 tree whips in 2024.

Find more information about ash dieback and how we manage it.

The first stage of replanted trees.

Replanting plan

We have surveyed our woodlands and put together a replanting plan that includes a range of species to enhance the city’s woodlands by developing areas and habitat diversity to cope with diseases. This includes species such as oak, hazel, wild cherry and black walnut.

All tree whips have been provided by British Hardwood Tree Nursery.

While several methods of planting were considered, we have decided to regenerate by slip planting rather than natural regeneration since the species and seed stock is currently poor across the city’s woodlands. This is in line with Forestry Commission guidance.

The largest planned replant is at ‘Three Cornered Copse’ in Hove where 6,000 tree whips are expected to be planted within the next 3 months.

For more information about replant sites and what species to expect in your area, go to our ash dieback page.

A 10-year maintenance programme has been put in place to survey and monitor the young trees following replanting.  

How to get involved

While a significant number of tree whips will be planted by our teams, we are looking for volunteers to assist with replanting over the coming months.

An email is sent out each week with details of the tasks and a map detailing how to get to the meeting point. Volunteers can reply confirming their attendance and meet at the designated meeting point at 10am.

To join our volunteer mailing list, email cityparks.volunteers@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Coldean Woods

Map of Coldean Woods 

Map showing the area where replanting is taking place

The map shows the area where the work is taking place.

You can click on the map to zoom in.

About the work

Work starts on 23 January 2023.

Tree species:

  • 60% oak - 1,980
  • 10% wild cherry - 330
  • 10% black walnut - 330
  • 10% Hazel 330
  • 10% Hornbeam - 330

Replanting method:

  • tree size - whips
  • 2.5 metres spacing
  • tree guard and staked

20% of the overall tree mix will be managed and planted by our rangers residents teams.

300 of the whips will be planted by Local residents’ groups managed by the rangers.

1,200 whips will be planted by contractors

Westdene Woods

Map of Westdene Woods

Map showing the area where replanting is taking place

Map key:

  • red line - central woodland species
  • orange line - woodland edge species

The map shows the area where the work is taking place.

You can click on the map to zoom in.

About the work

Tree species:

  • 20% hornbeam - 300 trees
  • 20% beech - 300 trees
  • 25% field maple - 375 trees
  • 5% hazel - 75 trees
  • 5% hawthorn species - 75 trees
  • 5% blackthorn - 75 trees
  • 5% wild cherry - 75 trees
  • 15% mixed native - 225 trees

20% of the overall tree mix will be managed and planted by our rangers residents teams.

300 of the whips will be planted by local residents’ groups managed by the rangers.

1,200 whips will be planted by contractors.

Wild park Woods stage 1

Map of Wild park Woods

Map showing the area where replanting is taking place

Map key:

  • red line - central woodland species
  • orange line - woodland edge species

The map shows the area where the work is taking place.

About the work

Tree species:

  • 60% oak ( robur /petraea) - 660 trees
  • 20% small leaved lime - 220 trees
  • 10% wild cherry - 110 trees
  • 10% black walnut - 110 trees

20% of the overall tree mix will be managed and planted by our rangers residents teams.

220 of the whips will be planted by local residents’ groups managed by the rangers.

1,100 whips will be planted by contractors.

3 Corner Copse, stage 1

Map of 3 Corner Copse

Map showing the area where replanting is taking place.

Map key:

  • red line - central woodland species
  • orange line - woodland edge species

The map shows the area where the work is taking place.

You can click on the map to zoom in.

About the work

Tree species:

  • 20% Oak - 300 trees
  • 20% Hornbeam - 300 trees
  • 20%beech - 300 trees
  • 15% Mixed Native Broadleaves - 225 trees
  • 5% Hawthorn - 75 trees
  • 10%. Hazel - 150 trees
  • 10%, wild service trees - 150 trees

Replanting method:

  • tree size - whips
  • 1 metre to 2.5 metres spacing
  • tree guard and staked

20% of the overall tree mix will be managed and planted by our rangers residents teams.

300 of the whips will be planted by local residents’ groups managed by the rangers.

1,200 whips will be planted by contractors.

Abinger Woods

Map of Abinger Woods

Map showing the area where replanting is taking place

Map key:

  • red line - central woodland species
  • orange line - woodland edge species

The map shows the area where the work is taking place.

You can click on the map to zoom in.

About the work

Tree species:

  • 30% hornbeam - 450 trees
  • 30% beech - 450 trees
  • 25% field maple - 375 trees
  • 5% hazel - 75 trees 
  • 5% hawthorn species - 75 trees
  • 5% blackthorn - 75 trees

Replanting method:

  • tree size - whips
  • 1 metre to  2.5 metres spacing
  • tree guard and staked

20% of the overall tree mix will be managed and planted by our rangers residents teams.

300 of the whips will be planted by local residents’ groups managed by the rangers.

1,200 whips will be planted by contractors.

Hog’s Plantation, stage 1

Map of Hog’s Plantation

Map showing the area where replanting is taking place.

Map key:

  • red line - central woodland species
  • orange line - woodland edge species

The map shows the area where the work is taking place.

You can click on the map to zoom in.

About the work

Tree species:

  • 20% hornbeam - 300 trees
  • 20% beech - 300 trees
  • 25% field maple - 375 trees
  • 5% hazel - 75 trees
  • 5% hawthorn species - 75 trees
  • 5% blackthorn - 75 trees
  • 5% wild cherry - 75 trees
  • 15% mixed native - 225 trees

Replanting method:

  • tree size - whips
  • 1 metre to  2.5 metres spacing
  • tree guard and staked

20% of the overall tree mix will be managed and planted by our rangers residents teams.

300 of the whips will be planted by local residents’ groups managed by the rangers.

1,200 whips will be planted by contractors.