There was a little bit of drama at Broadwater Warren today. Our RSPB volunteers' bonfire flared up late in the day and spread quickly across an area of dry grasses. The Fire Services (East Sussex and Kent) were on the scene very quickly to help. The fire was quickly put out but a deep litter layer and deep soil can burn for days so it was important to douse the entire area with water and look out for any more flare-ups.
An area of approx. 2-3 acres was burned, but from the ashes, previously buried heather seeds will germinate and this area will develop into a superb new patch of heathland. This area was scheduled to be cleared of pines in two years time as part of our heathland restoration of Broadwater Warren. Our restoration plans have just been brought forward a little.
Our thanks to both Kent and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services for their quick response and their highly professional and effective management of the situation.
Thank you to our visitors for their understanding whilst the car park was closed.