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COMMONERS ANNUAL MEETING:
Join us out on the Forest around dusk with one of our Voluntary Rangers (an experienced birdwatcher) to hear and hopefully see the elusive and mysterious Nightjar.
- Tuesday 5 June 2018
- Wednesday 20 June 2018
- Monday 2 July 2018
Start time: Assemble 21.10 hrs. for 21.15 prompt start.
The walk is aimed at novices and non-birdwatchers. Limited number of places on each walk (12), so book early to avoid disappointment.
To book your space please email.
RIDING PERMITS 2018-19
The new riding badges will be available from the Office from Wednesday 4th April 2018.
Application Form here
Please remember proof of insurance showing (£5mil third party public liability).
In the mean time, application forms and insurance can be posted or sent via email to:
Forest Centre Office Manager
The Conservators of Ashdown Forest
SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG TRAINING 2018
More dates will be available in September
ART EXHIBITION - April - June 2018
By Maggie Tuite
By Mervyn Hathaway
FELT MAKING WORKSHOP
Join felting expert Debbie Siniska to make felt bag or hat. You will learn to choose and mix merino wool colours and perhaps include some wool from the sheep that help with the conservation management of the Ashdown Forest. All materials will be provided. There will be a small charge according to how much wool you use.
Hot drinks provided through the day. Please bring packed lunch.
Saturday 14th July 10am to 4pm Book Here
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.
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
Off road cycling is not permitted on Ashdown Forest and is a breach of Bye-law 2.
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.
Information about local recycling centres.
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.
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
ASHDOWN FOREST CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN 2016-2020
- Annual Report 2016-2017
- Strategic Plan 2016-2020
- Latest News
- Up-coming Events & Exhibitions
- Friends of Ashdown Forest
- Dog Walking -**NEW 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)
Discover more at Ashdown Forest...
The Official Map of Ashdown Forest (£2.50): DOWNLOAD
Mapped Walks: Leaflets here
Address: The Ashdown Forest Centre, Coleman's Hatch Road, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JP
Phone: +44 (0)1342 823583 (Monday to Friday)
E-mail: [email protected]
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
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.
- 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:
Summer Opening Hours start from Friday 30th March 2018
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 21st May 2018 - (10am to 11.30am) - Beetles
£5 per family - booking essential
Please wear long trousers, proper shoes and clothes that can get dirty.
Next month's Toddler Group is:
- Monday 18th June 2018 - Rabbits and Warrens
- Monday 16th July 2018 - Dragonflies
To book please click: Eventbrite
For further information email: [email protected]
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.
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
You can now take the AUDIO EXPLORE tour online here
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.
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.
We have several interpretation boards to replace on the Forest car parks. The Lecterns are made from sustainably sourced English Oak. The frame has space for a 50mm x 200mm stainless steel engraved memorial plaque with a message or dedication. A £2,000 donation covers the oak lectern frame, interpretation board, memorial plaque, delivery, installation and maintenance for ten years.
ASHDOWN FOREST WRITING GROUP
You may have heard, or overheard!, that there is an informal, fun creative writing group meeting 10am to midday on:
Thursday 17th May 2018
In the Education Barn at the Ashdown Forest Centre.
For further information, please email.
POETS WALK - TBC
10:30am to 1:30pm in the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre (RH18 5JP).
We meet in the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre, write for a while, go for a walk, then write about the walk. If there's time we look at a nature poem or two. We talk a lot too, that's a big part of it.
Please contact the office at the Ashdown Forest Centre to book at: [email protected]
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.
One of our Exmoor ponies celebrating the move to fresh grazing at the Trees compartment off the Vachery drive.
RARE WHITE FALLOW DEER
Another Riggit Galloway heifer calf.
Here is the latest addition to the Ashdown Forest herd of Riggit Galloway cattle (a little heifer). Ashdown Corylus, born on 31st July 2017.
New Arrival!! A Black Galloway Bull Calf Born 5th April 2017