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  • NEW ARTIST - SALLY SCOTT
  • Her exhibition starts on Saturday 6th January 2018 at the Ashdown Forest Centre.
  • Poster here Flyer here.

  • POETS WALK
  • Tuesday 30th January 2018
  • 10:30am to 1:30pm
  • The Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre (RH18 5JP)
  • To book email: [email protected]

 


  • AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND - FINALIST
  • A big thank you to everyone that voted for the Ashdown Forest Volunteers in the Aviva Community Fund. We are a finalist!!
  • One of twelve projects selected in the Financial Adviser submitted (£1001-£5000) category.
  • A decision on the finalists will be made in January 2018.
  • Link here.

  • OUTDOOR LEARNING ON ASHDOWN FOREST
  • Dormansland Primary School currently have an exhibition in the Information Barn at the Ashdown Forest Centre (RH18 5JP).
  • More information
  • If you would like to enrol your school on our outdoor learning programme, please email: [email protected]

 


  • REMEMBRANCE DAY
  • Photograph by Brendan Buesnel.

Remembrance Day Buesnel Photography

Buesnel Photography link


  • ASHDOWN FOREST WOODTURNERS
  • The Ashdown Forest Wood-turners have setup for Christmas.
  • There will also be a wood turning demonstration at the Information Barn on the weekends leading up to Christmas

Woodturners


  • NEW ARTIST - MARY H. HARRIS
  • 'Treasured Trees' - Friday 16th November 2017
  • At The Ashdown Forest Centre (RH18 5JP)
  • Poster Here.

  • WOOD PERMITS
  • The wood permit list is now open for Commoners with or without Estovers. Please contact the office to register with the Rangers.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Commoners with Estovers - Please ensure you have paid your annual Commoners Assessment Rate for 2017/2018 before applying for your Wood Permit.
  • Requests from third parties to cut wood on someone else’s behalf, must be verified through the office.

  • PLEASE HELP US REDUCE FLY TIPPING
  • Please check your contractor has a waste disposal licence here

  • The 4 'Cs'
  • Please remove your dog waste from the Forest and take it home.

The 4 Cs

Walking with your dog on Ashdown Forest


  • COMMERCIAL FILMING
  • All moving films, for television (for whatever purpose) and cinema or action shots for magazines, require written permission and there is a scale of charges which can be viewed here. Please contact the Office and we will try to help.
  • Application form here
  • See more of Ashdown Forest here

  • OUTDOOR FITNESS LICENCE
  • A new commercial Fitness Licence has been introduced. Charges:
  • Personal Fitness Licence (<2 clients) £120 pa.
  • Group Fitness Licence (3-10 clients) £240 pa.
  • Group Fitness Licence (11-20 clients) £360 pa.
  • The Outdoor Fitness Licence Application Form and Code of Conduct is here.

  • RIDING PERMITS
  • Information about horse riding on the Forest can be found here.
  • The Winter Riding Permit is available from 1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018
  • Winter Permit Adult - £72.00
  • Winter Permit Child - £38.00
  • The Riding Permit application form is here.

  • ROAD CYCLE EVENTS
  • Please contact the office if you are organising a road cycle race that takes in parts of Ashdown Forest.
  • You will need a Temporary Permission Licence to use the car parks or laybys to serve refreshments.
  • Email [email protected]
  • Phone us on 01342 823583

  1. OFF-ROAD CYCLING
  2. Off road cycling is not permitted on Ashdown Forest and is a breach of Bye-law 2.
  3. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

  • ERECTION OF NOTICE BOARDS
  • You will need a Temporary Licence to place an estate agent sign on Ashdown Forest.
  • The application form is here.
  • Please email the completed form to: [email protected]

  • RESIDENTIAL BUILDING / CONSTRUCTION WORK
  • You will require an application form for a Deposit Licence for temporary storage of building materials on Ashdown Forest.
  • The Application form is here.

  • COMMERICAL DOG WALKING
  • The Commercial Dog Walking Licence costs £100 per annum and runs from 01 April. Licenced Commercial Dog Walkers are issued with badges, so they can be identified.
  • Please be aware you need £5mil third party public liability insurance.
  • Application form here

  • QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 2016 - The Conservators of Ashdown Forest has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for voluntary service a group can receive in the UK. More information and photos can be viewed here.

Queens award


  • GOVERNANCE OF ASHDOWN FOREST - 2016 REVIEW
  • Message from the Chair of the Board of Conservators - please click here
  • For more information relating to the Governance Review please click here


Code of conduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

SE Tourism 2016

 

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.

  • E-mail us at [email protected]
  • Postcode: RH18 5JP
  • Phone: +44 (0)1342 823583 (Monday to Friday)
  • Emergency (Out of Hours) Phone: 01342 822846. Note this number diverts to the mobile phone of the Duty Ranger.  Although this is a 24 hour number, if the Ranger is out of signal the call may divert to voicemail - please leave a message and he will return your call when he has signal.
  • If you need urgent assistance please call 999. 
  • Postcodes for car parks here



INFORMATION BARN OPENING HOURS:

Winter Opening Hours: October 2017 to March 2018

Weekends: 11am-5pm

(Closed: Monday to Friday)

Address: Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row, Sussex, RH18 5JP.

Summer Opening Hours start from in April 2018


USE OF DRONES ON ASHDOWN FOREST

The use of ‘drones’ on Ashdown Forest is strictly prohibited. Drones must not be operated on Ashdown Forest or within 50 metres of Ashdown Forest.

Ashdown Forest Bye-law 14 states:

No person shall except in the case of accident or unavoidable cause land on any part of the Forest to take off therefrom in any aircraft, glider, balloon, or hovercraft, nor shall any person so land by parachute, nor shall the Forest be used for the flying of model aircraft in any form whatsoever without the licensed consent of the Conservators.

Use of Unmanned Aircraft and Aircraft Systems is governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Concerns have been raised over the dangers of startling the public, horses (and riders), wild animals and Commoners’ livestock.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

 


COACH PARKING:

Broadstone car park (RH18 5JP) should be used by larger coaches.

It is 150 metres East along Ridge Road (Colemans Hatch Road) just past the Ashdown Forest Centre. Broadstone car park is 1 minute walk to the Forest Centre. 

Minibus parking is available at the Forest Centre.  Coaches must not park at the Forest Centre.

Coaches must not pull into the Forest Centre yard as this is used by heavy machinery and is unsafe for members of the public.

 


AUDIO EXPLORE TOUR

Please try the new AUDIO EXPLORE tour, available now at the Ashdown Forest Information Centre. Our free audio-guided walking tour with a PENpal and Interactive Map. Poster here Video here

You can now take the AUDIO EXPLORE tour online here


ASHDOWN FOREST EXPLORERS - TODDLER GROUP

A group for pre-school children and their parents / carers - join us to explore the wonderful wildlife of Ashdown Forest through a short walk with seasonal crafts and activities.

More info here.

Every 3rd Monday of the month.

This month's Toddler Group is:

Monday 18 December 2017

10am to 11.30am - Spaces

£5 per family - booking essential

Please wear long trousers, proper shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

Next month's Toddler Group is:

  1. Monday 15 January 2018
  2. Monday 19 February 2018
  3. Monday 19 March 2018

SCATTERING THE ASHES OF A LOVED ONE

You will need permission to scatter ashes on Ashdown Forest.  Officially it is not strictly allowed, but normally we have no objection as long as it is done discretely and without ceremony.  We ask that ashes are scattered off the main pathways and away from car parks.  Due to SSSI legislation there can be no introduction of foreign species on Ashdown Forest.  This includes trees, plants and shrubs commemorating the life of a loved one.  A donation to Ashdown Forest in memory of your loved one would be very much appreciated. Please contact the office for more information. 


MEMORIAL BENCHES

We receive many enquiries each year for memorial benches.  The waiting list for memorial benches is extensive and regrettably we are unable to take any more requests.


SILVER STUDDED BLUE BUTTERFLIES

One of Sussex rarest butterflies (heathland specialists) spotted yesterday (19th June 2017) by the Countryside Team on Camp Hill.

Silver Studded Blue

 


New Arrival!! - 20th November 2017

Another Riggit Galloway heifer calf.

Riggit Galloway Calf

New Arrival - November 2017

We have had two new calves born this week. These are the first calves out of heifers that have been bred by ourselves so this is the start of the Ashdown bloodline of these very rare cattle.

The first was born on Monday early and the second yesterday early. One is a female (picture with Mother), and we would call her a mis-mark or more correctly a black Riggit mis-mark. This means that she will be a section C in the Riggit Galloway Cattle Society herd book. This does not matter very much as she will have generations of Riggit genes and will very likely give us correctly marked calves in a couple of years.

Female Galloway

Yesterday’s (November 2017) calf is a male, and he is well marked. Just now his new mother has cached him, this means that she has hidden him up so she can graze. Cattle are like the fallow deer in this respect. Here he is peering out of his hiding place.

Galloway calf male

 

New Arrival!!

Here is the latest addition to the Ashdown Forest herd of Riggit Galloway cattle (a little heifer). Ashdown Corylus, born on 31st July 2017.

Riggit Galloway

 

New Arrival!! A Black Galloway Bull Calf Born 5th April 2017

Riggit Galloway Bull Calf

black riggit galloway bull calf


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