Lewes Urban Arboretum Project

What is Lewes Urban Arboretum?

Some time ago the Friends of Lewes received a bequest to fund the planting of trees in Lewes. This encouraged the late Paul Millmore to conceive the idea of creating a Lewes urban, or town-wide, arboretum consisting of existing tree stock in the town along with additional plantings, integrated by means of a walking guide and narrative and perhaps other, interactive, interpretive materials. We have since received a second bequest, to fund tree maintenance and early years’ care, and another donation in memory of Paul Millmore from Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth.

To take the Lewes Urban Arboretum project forward, the Trees Committee of Friends of Lewes was formed in 2012, and developed this vision.



In 2012 a grant from South Downs National Park partially funded an initial tree survey by David Saunders, (MICFor), a member of our Trees Committee.  His survey report documents the existing significant stock of trees in the town and recommends potential planting sites and species. The Google Map, below, shows the location and species of some of the important trees in Lewes. We hope to expand on this information when results of the 2014 i-Tree survey are made available. More about our i-Tree survey


tree Planting

One of our core activities is planting trees.

2015 Oriental Plane Southover School
Planting an Oriental Plane tree in Southover School, 2015


Community Engagement

Walks, talks, and competitions.

2015 Malling Deanery arboretum walk
Malling Deanery guided walk, 2015



We now have a Facebook Page, where you can follow our activities and find out more about trees in Lewes.


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