Quick action to resolve danger

A neighbour reported a dangerous tree to MSDC over the weekend, and despite being “out of hours”, the path was soon closed and MSDC’s contractors alerted to come out and resolve the problem.

Archives deposited at East Grinstead Museum

On 19th April, Chris Nunn, the Chairman of East Grinstead Memorial Estate Ltd, handed over some of our archives to East Grinstead Museum, for them to hold in perpetuity and make available for general viewing or research.

The documents included the Minute Book dating from 1949 to the 1970’s, and a CD containing scanned copies of thousands of documents from the mid 1940’s up until the year 2000 or so. The process of scanning has condensed the 2 metre high pile of paper onto a single CD with all documents in pdf searchable format.

An additional copy of the CD will be lodged at West Sussex Record Office in Chichester.

A great Tidy Up event today at East Court organised by Ashplats Conservation Group. Despite the drizzle , 40 assorted bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers.
East Grinstead Memorial Estate is pleased to give financial support to back up the muscle power of the dedicated ACG volunteers.

Halo tree management

Mid Sussex’s tree contractors have been out again in East Court this week, this time carrying out some halo tree management.

Over time, old veteran trees can get crowded out by self-planted trees under their canopy. This weeks activities have been creating a “halo” of open space around the base of some of our trees which are 3 to 4 centuries old. This should ensure that these trees have the best chance of surviving for hundreds more years.

To find out more about halo management, check out the Ancient Tree Forums video  here

Winter Woodland Management


Despite the recent snowy conditions, this years winter programme of woodland management has been on-going in February and early March. MSDC’s contractors have been concentrating on the area known as the “scout land” which is bordered by houses in Pegasus Way, Fulmar Drive, Lancaster Drive and Hillary Close. The woodland here has been neglected for many decades and in the first instance the work is concentrating on dead, dying, and dangerous trees. There has also been an opportunity to create more open areas by coppicing and this will encourage more species to thrive in the areas with increased sunlight.

Fun in the snow at East Court


Although many of the East Grinstead children had to miss a day’s school because of the snow today, perhaps they learnt more about gravity, thermodynamics and the properties of frozen water than they would have done in the classroom?

Whichever is the case, they certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves on the snowy slopes at East Court.

More footpath improvements

Work has started on additional footpath enhancements  on the Estate.

Most of our grounds are on clay and become very boggy in the winter months.  A number of footpath improvements have been carried out in recent years and this week some further additions are being made.

Two new paths are being laid down the slope that leads from the playing fields area into the south eastern corner of the wood, and later this week a new surface will be laid across Rutland Meadow, the open clearing in Ashplats Wood.

EGMEL is in constant dialogue with MSDC about such improvements, and we expect that further improvements will be made in due course.



New footbridge on circular route

EGMEL has been discussing with MSDC ways in which the circular footpath around East Court and Ashplats Wood can be further improved, and this has resulted in the construction of an additional footbridge over an occasional stream near Estcots Drive.

Discussions are ongoing about further improvements, particularly where the route goes around the playing fields.

Parkland Tree Management at East Court

Mid January saw some essential tree surgery at East Court on three mature Horse Chestnut trees near the Ambulance Station, which were in an “average to poor” condition. 

Over the past few years several limbs have been shed, some across the road, and as a precaution MSDC have removed these trees. The gap will only be temporary however as an avenue of Lime trees were planted along the access road some years ago to provide succession planting and pre-empting the need for removal of these trees.  The removal of the mature trees will allow the young trees space to grow and establish without their form being spoilt.

SANG funding increases

Mid Sussex District Council collects contributions from new developments in our area which go into a SANG fund to manage some of the aspects of the East Court and Ashplats Wood site. At the last count, this fund had increased by £52,000 so far this fiscal year, bringing the total to nearly £½ million. The money is ring-fenced and invested to make sure it will provide a reliable income stream for the future management of the wood.