Sussex Black Poplar Working Group – Arun & Rother Rivers Trust

Sussex Black Poplar Working Group

Photo © Frances Abraham
  • ARRT are the new host for the Sussex Black Poplar Working Group (SBPWG).
  • Since it was founded in 1994 SBPWG partners have included conservation NGOs, local authorities and statutory agencies.
  • Sussex Wildlife Trust was the host of SBPWG for many years and continues to support our work.
  • Our aims are to secure the future of the native Black Poplar (Populus nigra ssp. betulifolia) in Sussex and to restore it to the landscape in suitable wet woodland and riparian habitats.
  • We have found and documented mature Black Poplars in Sussex. 26 of these survive in small groups or as solitary trees whilst 19 grow in a small wet woodland. A county total of 45 with almost equal numbers of male and female trees.
  • We work with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew at Wakehurst to propagate Black Poplar whips and have planted many of these across East and West Sussex over the last two decades.

For information about Sussex Black poplars please email: