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  • ASHDOWN FOREST MEAT BOXES - Hogget and Mutton boxes can now be reserved.

  • NO CHRISTMAS TREES THIS YEAR - Due to the success of the conservation programme there are no suitable Scots Pine trees on the Forest to be sold as Christmas trees this year.

  • THE SUCCESS OF THE CREATIVE CELEBRATION OF ASHDOWN FOREST WEEK! More details and photos 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


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

  • LIVESTOCK ON THE FOREST

The Conservators sheep are now off the Forest. The Commoner farmer has removed his sheep from the grazing area but is still trying to locate 3 cows.

The Conservators cattle will remain on the Forest throughout winter, 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


  • ASHDOWN FOREST CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN 2016-2020

Executive Summary

Document in full (148 pages - 5.2MB)


 

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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:

1st October - 31st March

Weekends Only: 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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