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

  • Latest News - **NEW** Annual Report, **NEW** High Weald AONB Consultation
  • Events - Nightjar walks reports, Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk, A Mini Festival of Sheep and Wool, Woolly Weekend Event, Summer Holiday Playscheme, **NEW** Create a Bird - A Family Wildlife Art Workshop, **NEW** Sheep Proof your Dog
  • ART EXHIBITION- **NEW** Dave Brooker Photographic Exhibition - Ashdown Forest Through The Lens
  • Blog! - look at the Forest through the eyes of our Countryside Team
  • Bye-laws - information about the activities that are allowed under the Ashdown Forest Act 1974
  • Board of Conservators - information about the Conservators, meeting dates, minutes and agendas of Board and Committee meetings
  • Friends of Ashdown Forest

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

A Mini Festival of Wool and Sheep - Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th July at the Ashdown Forest Centre. See Events for more information

Summer Holiday Playscheme - Thursday 26th/Friday 27th July. See Events for more information

Sheep Proof Your Dog - Tuesday 4th September, Tuesday 18th September. See Events for more information

 


NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2018


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:

[email protected]

Katherine Meade
Forest Centre Office Manager
The Conservators of Ashdown Forest
Wych Cross
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5JP


WHAT TO DO IF YOU HIT A DEER ON ASHDOWN FOREST - LEAFLET


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.


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

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.

The Application form is here.

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


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


 


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...

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]


INFORMATION BARN OPENING HOURS:

Summer Opening Hours start from Friday 30th March 2018

Weekdays 2pm-5pm

Weekends: 11am-5pm


Questions? Check our Visitor FAQ's and Management FAQ's.


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.

  • 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



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


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.

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.


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

 

Code of conduct

 

Walking with your dog on Ashdown Forest


 


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