Public Affairs & Environment Sub-committee
The aim of this sub-committee is to bring to members' attention topics concerning the environment, national and international affairs. It also monitors the Federation's plantation "Bramber Beeches" on the South Downs. Details of these will be found in the Federation Newsletter.
The WI is affiliated to the "Associated Countrywomen of the World" (ACWW) and a member of this committee is a representative for ACWW. She is available to visit WIs to talk about the work of this organisation.
These events have been postponed due to Coronavirus but will hopefully he held at a later date.
Outdoor Talk and Walk
Tuesday 21st April or Friday 1st May - 10.30 am - 1.00 pm
Nymans Estate, Handcross
Nymans is well known for its formal gardens and partially ruined house but is also home to 250 acres of ancient woodlands, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, SSSI, due to the unusual ‘Atlantic’ flora to be found there. The estate has been owned by the National Trust since 1953 and the woodlands are maintained as a peaceful haven for wildlife and visitors alike, and are carpeted with bluebells in the spring. The story of this little piece of the Sussex Weald goes back many centuries and gives us an insight to past medieval life.
It is a 2.5 mile walk on gentle slopes on footpaths, with 1 steep path which has a rail for assistance. There are no stiles. It could be muddy if wet.
A National Trust volunteer will guide the walk and talk about the woodland.
The house and gardens can be accessed after the walk at the usual NT charge, unless you are a NT or RHS member in which case it is free.
Tickets: £5.00 WI Members only
Closing date: 15th March Application form in February West Sussex News
Outdoor Talk & Walk
Saturday 6th June or Friday 12th June
Centenary Oaks, Northwood, Slindon - 10.30 am
100 oak trees were planted by members last year in celebration of West Sussex Federation's Centenary Year. An opportunity to see how they are growing. There will be a guided walk, with some hills, of about 3.5 miles and an interesting talk by a National Trust Warden.
Closing date: 5th May Application form in March West Sussex News
Bramber Beeches is our Federation tree plantation situated on the South Downs north of Lancing. 600 sapling trees were planted in 1980 following a time when the county had lost so many trees to Elm disease.
Our Federation, in conjunction with West Sussex County Council and the Passmore family, the landowners, contributed to the environment, and our WI wood was established. Thanks go to WI members in 1980 for their vision of ensuring West Sussex WI has a permanent place in our West Sussex landscape.
Over the years, our Federation, WIs and individuals have visited Bramber Beeches to enjoy that special place in the heart of the South Downs, with views from the north side extending beyond Steyning and Bramber. Access to our wood is along the South Downs Way footpath and all WIs should have a leaflet containing directions.