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  • POP-UP CAFE - OPEN - WEEKENDS
  • Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August
  • 11am - 4:30pm (Education Barn, RH18 5JP)
  • Please try a great selection of dairy-free and gluten-free cakes.

  • CHEESE AND WINE EVENING
  • Fundraiser for Ashdown Forest
  • Date for the Diary: Thursday 21st September 2017
  • At the Ashdown Forest Centre, RH18 5JP.
  • Hosted by the Friends of Ashdown Forest in partnership with Bluebell Vineyard Estates and the High Weald Dairy.
  • Poster here.
  • Booking is essential here.
  • If you are unable to book through Eventbrite, then bookings can be made by post ( £22.50 pp) with cheques payable to “The Friends of Ashdown Forest”. Address: Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row, Sussex, RH18 5JP.

  • SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG TRAINING
  • Dates:
  • Tuesday 5th September (Full - Waiting List)
  • Tuesday 19th September (Full - Waiting List)
  • Price:  One dog per slot.  £25 per dog, payable a month in advance.
  • Location:  Cats Protection, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7TT
  • To book, please email:  [email protected]

  • 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.

  • 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

  • RIDING PERMITS
  • Information about horse riding on the Forest can be found here.
  • The Riding Permit 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

  • ASHDOWN FOREST RIDING ASSOCIATION
  • Pleasure Ride on Sunday 1st October 2017
  • Information and Entry Form here.

  • ASHDOWN FOREST IN A TIME OF CHANGE: 1850-1914
  • This is an exhibition that looks at a period when the Forest and its communities were rapidly changing, sometimes in quite radical ways.
  • It is being held in the Information Barn at the Ashdown Forest Centre and runs from 5 July to 31 August 2017.
  • For more information, please click here.

  • POET WALK - Tuesday 21st November 2017
  • Between10.30am and 1.30pm.
  • Write for a while, go for a walk, then write about the walk. If there is time we look at a nature poem or two.
  • Meet in the Lancaster room at the Ashdown Forest Centre.
  • Please contact the office to book at [email protected]

  • NIGHTJAR SUNSET BIRD WALKS
  • Report and species seen on the third Nightjar walk on Thursday 6 July 2017 here
  • Nightjar Site (near Long car park):

Nightjar Ashdown Forest

 


  • DAWN CHORUS BIRD WALKS 2017
  • Report & Species seen on the third Dawn Chorus Walk on Thursday 18 May 2017 here.

  • NEW BRIDGE - The bridge between Braeberrys Gate drive and the ponds has been replaced. Thank you to the anonymous donor and East Sussex Right of Way for their help delivering the bridge and with the installation.

  • 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


  • LIVESTOCK ON THE FOREST
  • Sheep and cattle will be roaming freely on the Forest from Friday 7th April 2017.
  • The Conservators cattle will remain on the Forest in the Trees enclosure, behind Millbrook West car park (A22).
  • To view a map showing the grazing enclosures please click here.
  • For advice on walkers' safety around livestock please click here.

  • 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


 

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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)

 

 

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.




INFORMATION BARN OPENING HOURS:

3rd April to 30th September 2017

Weekdays: 2pm-5pm

Weekends: 11am-5pm

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

Winter Opening Hours start from Sunday 1st October 2017.


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.


SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG TRAINING

Dates:

  • Tuesday 5th September (Full - Waiting List)
  • Tuesday 19th September (Full - Waiting List)

Time:  20 minute training slots available throughout the day from 09:20 to 16:00

Price:  One dog per slot.  £25 per dog, payable a month in advance.

Location:  Cats Protection, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7TT

To book, please email:  [email protected]

We will need:  Name, Dog Breed, Phone Number, Email, Time and Date.


COACH PARKING:

Broadstone car park (RH18 5JP) should be used by larger coaches. It is 150meters East along Ridge 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.

 


SHEEP & CATTLE

Sheep and cattle will be roaming freely on the Forest from Friday 7th April 2017. Please close all gates. Dogs must be kept under proper control at all times. A dog attacking or chasing livestock could be shot.
Last year, dogs killed or injured 25 sheep on the Forest. If you see an injured animal or a dog chasing livestock, please ring the Forest Centre - 01342 823583.


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


********** ASHDOWN FOREST EXPLORERS***********

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 18th September - Tracks and Trails

10am to 11.30am - Spaces

1pm to 2:30pm - Spaces

£5 per family - booking essential

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

For more details click here

Next month's Toddler Group is:

Monday 16th October - Birch Trees and Brooms

Monday 20th November - Sweet Chestnuts and Fire making


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!!

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


New Arrival!! ASHDOWN CALLUNA Born 28th February 2017

A White Galloway Calf

White Galloway Riggit

Calluna

Calluna 2

Calluna 3

 

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