The Trust’s main efforts are directed towards managing the land to ensure access and biodiversity.
Toot Rock is grazed by sheep and the Canal is the responsibility of the Environment Agency but the strip on the seaward side has progressed from grassland to scrub made up principally of blackthorn, hawthorn, elder and bramble, the former now forming dense thickets.
To prevent it taking over the whole area, periodic clearance is necessary. This is a management requirement under the terms of the site’s SSSI designation. Work is undertaken by local contractors and volunteer work parties. We are helped out by Hastings Conservation Volunteers & the National Trust.