Cattle have arrived at Ditchling Common Country Park. Grazing will be undertaken in partnership with Plumpton Agricultural College until September to improve the wildlife value of the site. Signs have been put up on site informing visitors and requesting dogs to be kept under close control in the areas when livestock are present.
Ditchling Common Country Park grazing plan 2014 (Adobe PDF)
Ditchling Common Country Park covers 76 hectares (188 acres). The site is used for activities including walking, fishing, picnicking, education and dog walking.
What you will find
Habitats include open water, grassland, scrub and woodland. Most of the Park has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its diversity including locally rare flora and fauna.
The annual highlight is the carpet of bluebells in the spring. A nature trail is being installed, allowing access to most of the habitat types on the site. There are picnic tables along one of the easy access trails. Cattle graze the field through the summer months and help to manage the bracken through trampling.
Fishing in both ponds is allowed with a fishing permit
Visitor information, including a location map and nature trail details is available in the leaflet:
Ditchling Common Country Park leaflet (Adobe PDF)
Walking, cycling and access
The park contains a network of public footpaths, bridleways and unofficial paths, but on foot the whole of the site is open access. There are two easy access, stoned paths leading from the car park.
Dogs are welcome but they must be kept under control at all times so that they do not disturb others e.g. children, grazing animals, fishermen and nesting birds.
Please use the dog bins located close to the car park.
How to get there
There is a large car park situated on Folders Lane East at the southern end of the Park. The map reference for the car park is TQ335181. The nearest train stations are Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield.
For more information about getting here, see our public transport pages.
Management and history
Ditchling Common Country Park is owned by East Sussex County Council and managed by its Countryside Management Service.
The main management activities on site include coppicing, scrub clearance, path clearance and surfacing, fencing, pond creation and the installation and maintenance of countryside furniture.
It was historically Common land, used by people with commoners rights. We purchased the land in 1974 and it was then designated as a Country Park.
Contact Rights of Way & Countryside Maintenance.