Briefly . . . 

The Friends of St Leonard’s Forest is a group of volunteers, working with Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, to restore and better manage the heathland in the forest.

We meet only once a month, on a Sunday, but usually carry out plenty of work in that time.

We believe that the moderate exercise, outdoors, helps us physically and mentally. Our objectives include helping to -

  • remove some of the unwanted Silver Birch and other plants from heathland areas
  • remove some of the lower branches of conifers on the edges of the clearings
  • cutting down Rhododendron Ponticum plants and treating remaining stumps with biocide
  • encourage heather to root and spread
  • encourage wildlife by supporting and improving their habitat.

Join us

If you would like to join us, please telephone 01403 731885 or email

New members are always welcomed.

Work party dates

See information on where and when we meet.

We briefly disturbed this beautifully marked adder
when we lifted a reptile sheet

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