The Society of the Friends of Ashdown Forest, founded in 1961, exists to support the conservation of this very special area. In May 2011 we celebrated our 50th anniversary and held a Friends reception at the Forest Centre.
Support from the Friends of some £750,000, to date, has enabled the Conservators to buy parcels of land to add back into the Forest and also to contribute to the ongoing programme of capital expenditure such as the purchase of vehicles, radio systems and other equipment which help maintain this unique and marvellous place. The Friends have also supported the finance of such diverse things as maps, picnic seats and tables, tree planting, notice boards and the Jubilee Dial, to name but a few.
The Friends also run a varied and interesting programme of events that includes talks, meetings and walks to encourage conservation and the peaceful enjoyment of the Forest and, through the 'Ashdown Forest News', which is free to Friends, cover issues of current and future importance acting as a strong influence against threats to the environment such as planning proposals which could affect the Forest.
So PLEASE become a Friend of Ashdown Forest TODAY and help us in the ongoing work to protect this very special place. A monthly donation of as little as £3 is all it takes to help us continue this unique and valuable work and you will know that you are making a direct contribution towards the conservation of this priceless inheritance. Friends' donations help fulfil our aim of ensuring that everyone enjoys the Ashdown Forest and that in the future, others will continue to do so.
The aims of the Friends are:
- By voluntary effort to assist in the conservation of Ashdown Forest and the implementation of the Ashdown Forest Act
- To provide funds for the purpose of supplementing in such manner as the Society thinks fit the resources available to the Board of Conservators.
- To encourage interest in the conservation, maintenance, preservation and peaceful enjoyment of the Forest by such means as the Society thinks fit.