St Marys Wood
St Marys Wood (EARA) Limited
Reg. No 10232225
This ancient wood was put up for sale by Rother District Council and local Bexhillians came to its rescue. With an appeal launched by the Ellerslie Area Residents' Association (EARA) in the local media 51 people pledged money to save the wood, so protecting its future for all in Bexhill.

After many months of negotiation with Rother District Council, it was finally agreed that a new company would be formed
called St Marys Wood (EARA) Ltd, this is a company listed as limited by guarantee Reg no 10232225.

In June 2017 the contract was finally signed and the wood bought as a “Community Asset”.

This is now looked after by the company with the help of a professional tree surgeon and the very valuable volunteers who have helped with the tidying up.

The frontage onto Turkey Road has had the brambles and undergrowth cut back to enable us to plant some 300 hedging plants which will make a mixed hedge of Common Dogwood, Goat Willow, Guelder Rose, Blackthorn and Hawthorn.
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A Message from our late chairman - Stuart Earl

News on St Mary's Wood - Foundation of Friends Group

Most Bexhillians at some time will have noticed a beautiful wood at the bottom of St Mary's Lane, close to Bexhill Cemetery.

This wonderful piece of our history was purchased almost a year ago from Rother District Council, not for profit, not for personal gain, but for the preservation for the whole community to enjoy.

The group of enthusiasts who made this possible want to share this exceptional wood with as many people as possible. To maintain and care for the wood comes at a price, which to date has been borne by just a few people who genuinely care about our environment and the legacy they want to pass on to future generations.

Their contributions have enabled a huge amount of work to be carried out, but sadly those funds will not last for ever. We are launching an appeal as part of the long term plans to secure funding for this special community asset. We are going to form a “Friends Group” open to families and individuals who share our aims, objectives and pride in where we live.

We want to see as many people as possible helping and enjoying this green oasis in the heart of our community. This asset belongs to us all, so if you would like to be part of the project, which will allow your children and grandchildren for generations to come, to enjoy this wood, then get in touch.

For a small annual fee you can become a friend, the feel good factor alone will be worth the donation requested.

We will be organising events for families Schools and Community groups. Look on our website for details on how to get more information.

Our aim is preservation with pleasure for all ages and interests, these community assets must not be lost or destroyed.

We look forward to hearing from you PLEASE CLICK on the link below for an application form to be part of the future of the wood

Application Form
Work Days at Sy Marys Wood

A gentle reminder to everyone that we will be holding our regular clean/tidy up sessions
1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of the month at 9.30 am
(Weather permitting)
If you can bring hand tools and we will have other tools as required for work to be done
Memorial seat for Stuart Earl
Hello all

I collected the award at the Bexhill in Bloom awards event from the deputy mayor Cllr Lynn Langlands on Friday at the Blods Centre

This award is a thank you to the volunteers that have worked at the wood making a big difference so that the wood is a friendly place to use and you can take a rest on one of the seats which includes the special seat dedicated to Cllr Stuart Earl

I would like to make a personal thank you to the volunteers

Please come along and enjoy this little bit of Bexhill which is for all to use

If you would like to join in with keeping the wood tidy the dates we are working are on our website or email to be added mail list for a reminder

Best regards

Chris Ashford

Director - St Marys Wood (EARA) Ltd
If you prefer to make a single or regular payment from your bank our details are

Barclays Bank
Sort code 20-02-62
Account number 70578215
St. Marys Wood (EARA) Ltd

Thank you

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