Rewilding Sussex was set up by Chris Sandom in 2014 as a community group to see how Rewilding could be applied in a densely populated place like the South of England.
It was set up in Brighton and mostly involved gatherings in The Park Crescent Pub with occasional outings to the wilder places in the South of England, like Knepp Wildlands and Ham Fen.
The best thing about Rewilding Sussex has been the people who have been involved over the years. Different groups have come together to hold events big and small.
There has also been a lot of creativity in the group, led by Dan Locke. We’re particularly proud of the Re-Discover project we ran in 2015 and Through the Bush Backwards more recently.
We’ve also always had a strong connection to students from Sussex and Brighton Universities. It is great to work with young people when thinking about rewilding. They face the biggest challenges and they will be inheriting the landscapes that are or aren’t rewilded. They are also have a lot of creativity and can think about new ways to interact with nature!
Currently, we’ve just re-established Rewilding Sussex as a student Society at the University of Sussex. We’re looking forward to bringing about a wilder and healthier future on the Sussex campus and East and West Sussex as well!