News and Events

Stay up-to-date with Ashdown Forest...


  • WINTER GRAZING: For advice on walkers' safety around livestock please click here.
  • PONY GRAZING: From the week commencing 19th October 5 ponies from the Sussex Pony Conservation Trust will be grazing within an electric fence enclosure in Misbourne Valley, near Misbourne Farm. Signs have been installed in the area.
  • The Conservators ponies have now moved from Black Bog to near Wrens Warren. Please see map.


  • NEW OPENING HOURS. The Information Barn, Office and toilet facilities will now be shutting at 4.30pm every Friday.
  • THE WOOD LIST IS NOW OPEN! Call 01342 823583 or email to add your name. Further information can be found here.



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A Year in the Life of Ashdown Forest

A gorgeous film, produced by the Friends of Ashdown Forest, giving a 'behind the scenes' look at just what it takes to manage and maintain the Forest in the 21st Century. To view the film click here or visit our YouTube Channel. (Released December 2013)



Discover more at Ashdown Forest...

Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh.

The Forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife. Nearly two thirds of its 6500 acres (2500 hectares) are heathland, amounting to 2.5% of the UK's extent of this rare habitat. How to get to Ashdown Forest


distant view of 2 trees

The Forest Centre is the headquarters of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest who are responsible for the management the Forest. It is the best starting point for finding out about the Forest, what you can see, and where you can go.




1st November - 31st March

Saturday-Sunday: 11am-5pm




(weekends only)

farley farm7th November to 5th January 2016 - Lee Miller at Farley Farm - A rare opportunity to see unique photographs illustrating the life of the internationally famous model, photographer and war correspondent, Lee Miller, at Farley Farm House in Chiddingly, between Eastbourne and Lewes. This was her home from 1949 after her marriage to British surrealist artist Sir Roland Penrose and is known as the 'home of the surrealists'. It was visited by Max Ernst, Paul Eluard, Man Ray, Picasso and many other artists central to the development of surrealism in Europe and Britain from the 1930s onwards

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© Lee Miller Archives, England 2009. All Rights Reserved.

This image for use only in connection with the publicity for the exhibition titled: ‘Lee Miller at Farley Farm’





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