Lewes Urban Arboretum

What is Lewes Urban Arboretum?

A bequest to Friends of Lewes to fund the planting of trees encouraged the late Paul Millmore, a Friends of Lewes Trustee, to conceive the idea of creating a Lewes Urban 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. After Paul Millmore died we received a second bequest from his will to fund tree maintenance and early years’ care, and a donation in his memory from Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth.

The Friends of Lewes formed its Trees Committee in 2012 to take the Lewes Urban Arboretum project forward, and developed this vision. It consults with residents and landowners across Lewes to identify possible places to plant new trees or replace existing ones to restore or improve the overall streetscape and environment.  It monitors, and responds to, all planning applications which include tree works.

From 2014 to 2019 we have successfully planted 39 street trees in Lewes and we have plans for several more.


Identifying significant trees and gaps in the treescape of Lewes

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. The results of our detailed i-Tree Eco Survey expand on this information. More about our i-Tree Eco Survey, and 2019 summary report.


Tree Planting

One of our core activities is planting trees.

Trees planted outside Mount Harry Stores, Lewes
3 trees planted outside Mount Harry Stores, Lewes, 2018


Community Engagement

Tree walks, talks, and competitions.

Malling Deanery guided walk, 2015


Lewes Urban Arboretum Facebook Facebook logo link

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


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