Nature and the Countryside
The Eastern Road Nature Reserve, off Lewes Road, is a nine acre reserve alongside the Scrase Stream. It is managed to encourage diverse vegetation which supports a wealth of wildlife. Myriads of insects and butterflies, together with the autumn fruits, provide food for resident and visiting birds such as warblers, finches and siskins. The wetland areas sustain healthy populations of frogs, newts, dragonflies and other aquatic insects.
The attractive and unspoilt countryside around Lindfield is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which runs through Sussex, Surrey and Kent. The High Weald, an ancient landscape with its small fields, abundant woodlands, rolling hills, narrow steep valleys, heaths and sandstone outcrops, is one of England’s unique landscapes. Ashdown Forest is five miles northeast of the village.
Footpaths with fine views across the Ouse valley radiate into the High Weald from Lindfield. They can be accessed by following finger posts. For the keen walker, the High Weald Landscape Trail and Sussex Border Path pass close to Lindfield linking with these local paths.
All paths are clearly shown on the Ordnance Survey Explorer 135 map.
Places to visit include: Ardingly Reservoir
, the Bluebell Railway
, Borde Hill Gardens
, and the National Trust properties at Nymans
and Sheffield Park
. Another National Trust property Wakehurst Place
, the country home of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with the Millennium Seed Bank, lies four miles to the north of the village.