News and Events

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

  • WINNIE-THE-POOH ANNIVERSARY EVENT: 1st October 2016. Events to mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh - part of the Sussex Walking Festival. More info here

  • A CREATIVE CELEBRATION OF ASHDOWN FOREST: 8th - 15th October 2016. A week of specially commissioned events to celebrate the Ashdown Forest - a collaboration between local artists and the Ashdown Forest Centre. More info 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. The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, presented the award at a ceremony very generously sponsored and hosted by Ashdown Park Hotel on Monday 19th September 2016. More information and photos can be viewed here.

Queens award

  • SPARK 2016 AWARDS - Our Education Programme picked up the Environmental Achievement Award at the SPARK Awards 2016.


Commoner’s animals are now out on the Forest

To check where the Conservators livestock are currently grazing please click here.

For advice on walkers' safety around livestock please click here.


Message from the Chair of the Board of Conservators - please click here

For more information relating to the Governance Review please click here


Executive Summary

Document in full (148 pages - 5.2MB)


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.



1st April - 30th September

Weekdays: 2pm-5pm

Weekends : 11am-5pm


********** NEW PARENT/CARER & TODDLER GROUP ***********

A new group for children aged 2-5 years - join us to explore the wonderful wildlife of Ashdown Forest

Every 3rd Monday of the month

10am - 11.30am

£5 per family - booking essential

For more details click here



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