Ash Dieback


Ash die back (also known as Chalara) is a fungal disease from Asia which is now affecting our native ash trees.  Unfortunately our native trees have no natural defences to this fungus which is spread by spores.  It affects trees of all ages. The fungus grows inside the trees and stops them being able to take up water and nutrients. This causes shoots, leaves and eventually the tree to die back.

It is estimated that ash dieback will eventually destroy over 90% of ash trees in this country. This will dramatically change the landscape of our countryside and will affect species that use ash for feeding, breeding and as a habitat.

Ash dieback has been found for some time in other places nearby and, sadly has now reached the Reserve.  The Friends of Lancing Ring are working with Adur & Worthing Council to identify and manage affected trees.  We will be following the National Tree Council guidance in managing the situation.  Dead trees will be felled by the Council and infected ones will be monitored and managed to ensure they are safe.  You may see the top crowns of some of the old established trees gradually dying back and some of these may be reduced to put less strain on the trees.  The national guidance is to resist rushing into drastic action as it will make no difference to the spread of the fungus and it is hoped that by taking time to deal with this disease it may be possible to identify any trees in the country that show natural resistance.

We will be starting a programme to plant different tree species to replace any felled ash trees.  By planting a mixture of tree species it is estimated that about 84% of species that use ash trees will be supported.   Priority will always be safety.  The first of the dead trees in the Clump will be felled during this autumn / winter.


 You can help by joining the Friends of Lancing Ring and financially supporting our work.

 You can help by coming along to our replacement tree plantings when they are advertised.

 You can help by coming along to help us keep the new trees clear of bramble and scrub to give them the best chance to survive

 In these days of concern about the environment, trees are more important than ever. Do support us if you can.

More information about ash dieback is available from:

Adur and Worthing Council at


Wild Flower Walk

wild flower walk poster

wild flower walk poster download


Saturday 20th July, 2pm, Meet at the Mill Road carpark.

June Task Day – Cancelled

With regret, the Task Day for Sunday 16th June has had to be cancelled.
The next Task day will be on Sunday 21st July
We look forward to seeing our regulars and any new volunteers will be welcome to join us.

Other Matters:

At the AGM the committee was re-elected and consist of Henry (Chair), Veronica (Vice Chair), Adrienne (Secretary), Sue (membership secretary) and Keith.  Henry is still doubling as Treasurer.

Friends Coffee Morning

Coffee morning and AGM

next Saturday
6th April,10-12 noon
Catholic Church Hall, North Rd

Lots of stalls including Men in Sheds, raffle and coffee/tea, come for a chat and catch up on a year on the clump!

Coffee Morning


Next Saturday we are holding our Coffee morning and AGM, so why not come along and find out more about what we do and even think about joining us. There will be free refreshments, a raffle and also a few stalls with books, plants, cakes, crafts and the local Men in Sheds will have items they have made for sale, including things like bug boxes.

There will also be short AGM and an opportunity to raise anything with the group.  All are welcome.

We would love people to come along and meet us and help us celebrate this big birthday.

Date – Sat 7th April 2018

Time – 10am

Venue – The church hall, The Holy Family Catholic Church, North Road, Lancing.

Change to February Task Day

Saturday, February 17

10:00 – 12:00
This February’s task day is being moved from Sunday 18th Feb to Sat 17th Feb.  We will still meet at the car park at 10am and will be going to the Diamond Jubilee Plantation field to plant the new elm trees.  The change is being made to accommodate the local White Letter Hairstreak expert from Butterfly Conservation with whom we have been working.  We are sorry if this is inconvenient for any of our regular task day helpers.  We will return to our normal Sunday next month.  If you are not usually able to come to the Sunday task days, why not join us for the Saturday tree planting?

Spring Coffee Morning and AGM

When: SAT 8th April 2017

Time: 10am – 11.30am



Some of the Violets in the woodland pathways


Summer Newsletter

Adrienne would like to let people know that they should be getting their summer newsletter in the next few days and to let me know if it doesn’t arrive either by email or post?  (That way she can be sure that her list is working ok!)

If you use the area for walking, exercise, fun or whatever we are your chance to have a voice in what goes on in the Reserve and we provide a link between the people who use it and the Council. Please consider joining the Friends of Lancing Ring. Membership details.

Spring Update

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Adrienne shared these images of her walk around the reserve recently

Also thought we ought to put an update after the AGM.  At the recent AGM, the Committee were re-elected with the addition of Chris Ball, who we are delighted to say has re-joined us now that her health has improved again.  The current Committee are:


Henry Heath (Chairman and Treasurer)

Veronica Eltringham (Vice Chair)

Adrienne Stevenson (Secretary)

Sue Crowhurst (Membership Secretary)

Keith Dollemore

Chris Ball

Spring newsletter

Look out for your member’s copy of the Spring newsletter which will soon be popping into your inbox or through your letterbox.  If you don’t receive your copy in the next week or so, please contact Adrienne on or 01903 753977.

For membership enquiries, or if you would like to join the Friends of Lancing Ring, please contact Sue, our Membership Secretary, on  01903 368978
or by letter to 31 Sedbury Road, Sompting.