Walk 2 - Wassailing Orchards Walk

  • DATE: Tuesday 17 January 2023

  • TIME: 14.00 

  • START LOCATION: Shortheath Common Car Park, Oakhanger


  • DISTANCE: short


Come and join our Heathlands Reunited rangers at Shortheath Common to discover more about this traditional tree blessing ceremony. There will be a toast to nature and how it changes across the year. 


Wassaile the Trees, that they may beare, 

You many a Plum, and many a Peare:

For more or lesse fruits they will bring,

As you doe give them wassailing.

Robert Herrick

Walk Key

Please look at the festival website ‘Information’ page to understand the walk key, what to wear, advice on medical information, weather plans, arriving before the scheduled departure time etc before deciding if you would like to join this walk.

Walk Pace


Walk Grade

Mainly flat walking, on paths with good surfaces

Dogs on Lead Welcome

Walk Leader

The Heathlands Reunited project brings together 12 organisations to help protect and enhance the Shortheath Common Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Wealden Heath Special Protection Area (SPA). These sites sit on the boundary of the South Downs National Park. The project’s aim is to protect the species found in the SPA (particularly the Dartford Warbler, European Nightjar and Woodlark) and to promote the heathland so that people look after it responsibly and sustainably. Heathlands are often popular areas for recreation activities such as running, horse-riding, cycling and dog walking. The project informs, engages and involves local communities to use their heathland in a responsible way and protect them for future generations.