Sussex is home to some wonderful spots of nature; we’ve got Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, Cuckmere Valley, Ditchling Beacon, Cissbury Ring, Black Down, Stanmer Park and the Downs to name but a few.
Each place has it’s own unique beauty and attractions but two of my favourite places to get back to nature are Wilderness Wood and Aldingbourne Country Centre, both places are wonderfully unique and inspiring.
Aldingbourne Country Centre… “The Aldingbourne Trust is dedicated to helping local businesses, communities and people with learning disabilities to reach their potential and enjoy life, together.
We are committed to the support and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities by developing their skills, helping them gain employment in the local community and encouraging them to lead more fulfilled, independent lives. Many of the people we support also have physical disabilities and our expertise ensures their lives are contented and secure.
With our support and consistent attitude towards diversity, equality and inclusion for all, people with learning disabilities can achieve more control over their lives and futures and make informed changes for the better.”
There is so much to see and do here you really are spoilt for choice.
Stomping through the woods identifying trees, bugs, wildflowers and birds is made easier with some helpful signs!
The unique woodland inspired decorations are wonderful.
There is something for everyone here and you’ll be helping a wonderful charity too, bonus!
Next up is Wilderness Wood, which is 62 acres of woodland where the Moorish family are ‘creating a ‘school’ of self-reliance where adults and children make what they need to flourish from the resources to hand.’
This is a real back to nature experience; whether you just want a few hours away from the hustle and bustle or a weekend under the stars, you’ll find it here.
This place really feels rather magical.
The relationship between the folk that work the land and nature itself is evident everywhere you look.
If you do find yourself in Sussex, wanting a more down to earth day out, you can’t go wrong with either of these places.