Join us for a guided walk and talk on the management of ancient woodland and wildlife at Costells Wood with our site manager, Phil Truluck. 

Costells Wood is an ancient semi-natural woodland. It’s a Site of Nature Conservation Importance due to its long history of continuous woodland cover and is within our Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs project area. This exciting project aims to bring back to life forgotten areas of woodland in Sussex. 

Don't forget

Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking in the woods.

Long trousers are advised. Please bring a hat and sun-cream or rainwear as necessary.

When and where

  • Date: Wednesday 11 August 2021, 2pm to 4pm
  • Price: Free, but donations to support the management of our woodlands are welcome.
  • Location: Costells Wood is situated on the north-west edge of the village of Scaynes Hill, near Haywards Heath. The main public entrance is off of Scaynes Hill common, adjacent to Church Road at the northern end of the village. This is where the walk will start.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not allowed at this event. 
  • Access: This wood and the event is not wheelchair accessible. Please be mindful that you attend these walks at your own risk. The routes include public footpaths that are not paved, there may be patches of uneven ground or tree roots that may be slippery in wet weather.
  • Parking: The nearest parking is at the council car park at Scaynes Hill Common (single figures of cars): Scaynes Hill Common car park, Church Road. Grid reference: TQ371236. Nearest postcode: RH17 7NH.
  • Alternative parking: The Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre, round the corner on the A272, has a car park which can be used when the Scaynes Hill Common car park is full: Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill Haywards Heath RH17 7PG.

How to book

Booking is essential. To book, please contact us by email at

Please include in your email:

  • your first name and surname
  • number of tickets needed
  • a mobile phone number and name for each person you are booking for. This is required for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

A Woodland Trust Wood

Costells Wood

Scaynes Hill

21.14 ha (52.24 acres)

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