Brandy Hole Copse lies to the north-west of Chichester City's built-up area. It is an area of managed woodland comprising mainly of Sweet Chestnut, which until recently, had been coppiced continuously since the 18th Century. It is 6.5 hectares in total and includes three small ponds with dipping/viewing platforms. The area was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2001 to help protect and enhance its diverse flora and fauna, which includes a sea of bluebells every spring and numerous rare and fascinating species throughout the year.

Within the Copse there are also two Iron Age boundaries known as Chichester Entrenchments which also contain some of the few remaining in-situ examples of WWII defensive structures. The Copse is crossed by and can be accessed from the former Chichester-Midhurst railway line; "Centurion Way".

The Friends of Brandy Hole Copse (FBHC) have been key players in the management of the copse for many years. Throughout the year, volunteers from the group conduct guided walks, pond dipping sessions and nature trails. The Crumblies Conservation Volunteers also contribute to the management of the copse at key times of the year.

The revised Brandy Hole Copse Management Plan can now be downloaded. The Plan was created by the Brandy Hole Copse Management Board and details further information about the history, content and future plans for the copse. Approximately an acre of the Sweet Chestnut was coppiced in February 2008 to open up a large area of ground to the light. Although dramatic at first, the stumps quickly re-grow within a year or two. Brandy Hole Copse wins a Silver Award in the South East in Bloom Competition (Country Park Category).