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Heathland Winter Work
Gorse management work will be carried out in the Gills Lap/Enchanted Place area over the next couple of weeks. The machinery will be on site from Monday 31st January.
This is important work to improve the heathland habitat with the added benefit that the removed gorse will be chipped and used to produce greener energy.
Please take note of the signs on site which show the work areas and take alternative routes if necessary.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
Ashdown Forest Commoners Annual Meeting
The Commoners Annual Meeting will be on Friday 4th March 2022
Election of Conservator
Nomination form for anyone wishing to stand for election as a Conservator should be returned to the Ashdown Forest Centre by Friday 11th February.
The following areas have temporary livestock enclosures with live fences.
Exmoor ponies at Rushy Bottom, Jumpers and Millbrook Hill
Please do not approach or feed the livestock. Dog walkers are reminded that dogs must be kept under very close control at all times even when there is no livestock on the Forest.
Please follow the Code of Conduct for dog walkers and remember the 4C's
School Visits Contact our education team at [email protected] for details about the services they can offer.
Ashdown Forest Wildlife
- iNaturalist app - Flora and Fauna of Ashdown Forest. Help us identify 1000 species.
- Early Spring 2021 - bird report
- Butterflies on Ashdown Forest. More information
- 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
- Blog! - look at the Forest through the eyes of our Countryside Team
- Friends of Ashdown Forest
- Ashdown Forest Tourism Association - information about where to stay, where to eat and what to do in the area
RIDING PERMITS 2021-22
Please email the completed forms to the office
Any commercial activity that takes place on the Forest requires a licence/permit and is subject to a fee or charge
MODEL AIRCRAFT & DRONES
Drones are strictly prohibited.
Off road cycling is not permitted on Ashdown Forest and is a breach of Bye-law 2.
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)
Ashdown Forest Videos
- Eden Falls by Barry Steer
- The View from Bunkers Hill by Dave Brooker
- Ashdown Forest Illustrated by Dave Brooker
- Ashdown Poems by Sian Thomas
Public Consultation on Proposed Car Park Payments
At the end of last year, we ran a consultation on the potential introduction of car parking payments to help support and maintain Ashdown Forest. Almost 2,800 people took the time to complete the consultation. We would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and thoughts.
The analysis and interpretation of the results are below:
- Report on Findings of the Public Consultation on Proposed Car Park Charging
- Interpretation of the Consultation and Recommendations
The Board of Conservators will be holding an Extraordinary Board meeting on Monday 31 January at 2pm at The Civic Centre (Weald Room), Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AE, to discuss and vote on the proposal to implement payments for parking. Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting (please arrive no later than 1:45pm) and note space is limited to 250 attendees.
If you would like to raise a question (on the agenda items only please), these should be submitted in advance, so Members have time to consider a response. Please submit questions no later than 5pm on Thursday 27 January to the following email address: [email protected]
There will be an opportunity for comment at the meeting, but, as time is limited, we ask that if you have pressing questions, you should write ahead of time.
Ashdown Forest Vision & Management Strategy 2021-31
Ashdown Forest Vision & Management Strategy sets out five priorities that meet our binding obligations to protect and enhance the unique heathland environment of Ashdown Forest whilst also delivering on our commitment to providing the largest open-access, wildlife-rich place in the Southeast.
About 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
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.
The Official Ashdown Forest Map and Walks Maps
Click here to download the Official Map of Ashdown Forest, The Clumps Walk 2020 and all 13 self-guided mapped walks.
Opening hours dependent on volunteer cover - weekends only from November to March 11am-dusk
Toilets open 9am-4:30pm (weekdays); 11am-4:30pm (weekends & BHs)
Car parks - Postcodes and what3words can be found here
Coach parking for Forest Centre:
Broadstone car park (RH18 5JP) should be used by larger coaches.
Email: [email protected]