For 12 years residents groups launched a similar campaign to protect
Speckled Wood. Nobody thought they would succeed, but the area has remained undeveloped. Now the stakes are higher and more land is becoming harder to find for development despite the large quantity of empty housing and we need your support more than ever.
Friends of Speckled Wood was formed in 2012 after members of other residential groups did not feel that there was enough public knowledge of the woodlands issues. Friends of Speckled Wood worked with the local council in 2012 to provide their consultation resources to bring the woodland to the attention of the local council with 1231 responses in favour of keeping it a natural woodland.
The Trust adopted the woodland maintance and started to manage the woodland in accordance with its Management Report. This shed light on the vast quantity of invasive Japanese Knot Weed. A report was commisioned this enabled The Trust to identify and manage this
issue. Members of the Trust and members of the community
improved the footpaths putting several lorry loads of Wood
Chippings on the pathways.
In November 2012 Friends of Speckled Wood became a
Trust so that it could attempt to purchase the
woodland should the local council not have the finances.
In January 2013 The Trust presented a case to Ordnance
Survey in which they asked for the wet footpaths to be
mapped by their state-of-the-art GPS system Trimble. After
much discussion about map sizes. The wet pathways were
mapped in March this year. The Trust are told it will take
six weeks to populate all of the Geographic map sites.
This data including the footpaths was distributed yesterday
16th April 2013.
Early 2013 whilst the start of conducting this online vote.
The Trust were told by the Local Autorities Development
Forward Planning team that the designation of the woodland
could be changed if The Trust contacted Natural England
with details of the woodland. Preliminary discussions have
April 2013 The Trust repaired one of the existing bridges on the Victoria Avenue footpath. They also aranged a Skip at the entrance of Speckled Wood on Frederick Rd and have sucessfully filled five skip loads of metal and other fly tipped material from the Woodland as part of its Summer clean-up. Local dealers in scrap have been recycling the metal and removing it from the skip allowing more material to be removed. Local children have alsao started to get more involved with this process.
In Jun 2013 The Trust became a HMRC Registered Charity with Trustees this was a natural progression from its groups origin. The Trust joined forces with the SSPT volunteers to clean up the woodland and remove dumped material in the woodland.
In 2014 the Trust went out to consultation returning a stagering number of reponses through their systems.
At the end 2014 and into 2015 the Trust & HMRC Charity went with the Responses to the Public Examination asking for the whole of Speckled Wood / Upper Ore Valley to be protected.
in 2015 the Charity joined Charity Choice to try to raise money to purchase Speckled Wood for the benefit of the community
Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust has the
1. Leading the campaign to redesignated Speckled
Wood as a protected Site of Special Scientific
Interest or Local Nature Reserve.
2. Acquiring land in Speckled Wood for establishing a
Local Nature Reserve.
3. Clearing footpaths and the stream, removing rubbish
and carrying out conservation work to improve the
4. Creating natural habitat piles and protecting wildlife
5. Creating Dry Hedging.
6. Writing Yearly Management Plan for
Speckled Wood and involving all sections of the local
population in its work and plans.
7. Supporting the Hastings Greenway project to create a
cycle and walkway link from Ore linking schools and the
Town Centre, running through Church Street.
8. Seeking support and assistance from organisations and
community groups to further the aims of the group.
9. Endeavour to persuade SEACHANGE to allow a
footpath on their land to join with Speckled Wood
10.Publically addressing the concerns of residents in
Frederick Road and surrounding areas to remove
traffic calming and replace with a better
solution of road narrowing.
The Trust Friends of Speckled Wood Management
Trust relies on Donations from the public to help
with its campaign. If you wish to donate to us you
can make a donation below:
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