About the Wealden Area

Introducing Wealden

Covering 323 square miles, Wealden is the largest district in East Sussex, and is home to some 148,900 people.

Wealden District Location Map (pdf, 378kb)

Half the population live in five main towns: Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, Polegate and Uckfield. The rest live in villages and hamlets in some of the most attractive countryside in the South of England.

With two-thirds of the district covered by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park, as well as 34 conservation areas and over 2,500 listed buildings, Wealden has to place a high value on protecting the countryside. This is reflected in the Council's Planning Policies and Sustainability Strategy.

Wealden had 7,390 businesses in 2012. Small and micro businesses form a fundamental part of the Wealden economy with 76% of businesses in Wealden employing less than four people.

The Public Administration, Education and Health sector is the largest (2011) employing 26% of the workforce, followed by the Wholesale and retail trade (repair of motor vehicles) with 18.4%.

Wealden Facts and Figures

Our Facts and Figures webpage provides more information about the people and places in Wealden District.

Visit the Parish Councils webpage for a list of the rural parishes and links to Parish Council contacts and the Wealden's neighbouring areas webpage to link through to other local authorities' webpages.