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THE FRIENDS OF ASHDOWN FOREST

Invite you to join them for a Birdwalk next Sunday 22nd April.

We are meeting at 9.00am in Old Lodge Car Park and all are very welcome. The walk will be led by members of the Ashdown Forest Bird Group and is suitable for anyone with an interest in the birds of Ashdown Forest - from novices through to experienced bird watchers.

TO BOOK A PLACE, please email.

This walk is free for members; for non-members we ask for a small donation of £5.


GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION 2018

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect from 25 May 2018. You have a say in how we communicate with you. This means that if you currently receive our e-news notifications, we must receive your consent by way of an OPT IN, to continue to send information to you.

For futher information Click Here

The Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest will always treat your details with the utmost care and never pass them on to third parties.


COMMONERS ANNUAL MEETING:

PUBLIC NOTICE

Date: Friday 11th MAY 2018.

Start: 7:30pm

Address: Education Barn, Ashdown Forest Centre, Colemans Hatch Road, Wych Cross, Forest Row, RH18 5JP.

COMMONER CONSERVATOR ELECTION:

NOMINATION FORM


NIGHTJAR WALKS

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.

Joining Instructions.


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]

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


SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG TRAINING 2018

Sheep Proof Your Dog Training

Tuesday 8th May 2018 - Fully Booked

Tuesday 15th May 2018 - Spaces

Time:  20-minute training slots.  Throughout the day from 09:20 to 16:00

Price:  £26 per dog.  Please pay on 01342 823583 to secure your booking.

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

To book please email:  [email protected]

We will need name, email address, mobile number, breed and age of your dog.

More information here.


ART EXHIBITION - Saturday 7th April 2018

We are very pleased to announce a joint exhibition of some new work by Mervyn Hathaway and Maggie Tuite at the Ashdown Forest Centre Gallery from Saturday 7th April to June 2018.

Poster here

Maggie Tuite

By Maggie Tuite

Mervyn Hathaway

By Mervyn Hathaway


MOVEMENT IN NATURE WORKSHOP

Poster here

Part of Calling in the Birds – a summer celebration welcoming the return of migrating birds.

Movement in Nature

A relaxing and nurturing workshop to help build connection with nature using the Ashdown Forest and the story of bird migration as inspiration for movement.  The session will be led by professional choreographer Virgina Farman.  Open to all adults and young people over the age of 14 years.

The workshop will start from the Ashdown Forest Educational Centre. Bring waterproof clothes, shoes you can dance in, water, and a snack as required.

Cost £10 per person (£7 concessions you will need to claim a refund on the day)

For more further information email

Sunday 22nd April 10am to 1pm Book Here

Saturday 28th April 10am to 1pm Book Here


CALLING IN THE BIRDS

Poster here

Traditionally the arrival of swallows, nightjars and cuckoos herald the start of summer.  Join us for a summer celebration welcoming the return of migrating birds back to Sussex and the Ashdown Forest.

Swallow

Photograph by: Bob Kennedy (Ravenswood-Imagery)

Listen to the story of their epic journeys from their wintering grounds in Africa to their summer nesting sites on the Ashdown Forest.  You will also see a trail of artwork created especially for the event.

Meet at the Ashdown Forest Centre at 3pm.  Suitable for all (includes walking 1km over sloping ground). 

There is no charge for this event but we would welcome donations on the day towards the work of the conserving the Forest. 

Park in Forest Centre car park and Broadstone car park

Please further information email [email protected]

Sunday 13th May 3pm to 5pm Book Here


FELT MAKING WORKSHOP

Felt

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


DAWN CHORUS BIRD WALKS - 2018

Dartford Warbler

Photograph by: Bob Kennedy (Ravenswood-Imagery)

  • WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL 2018 - FULLY BOOKED
  • SATURDAY 28 APRIL 2018 - FULLY BOOKED
  • WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2018

A wonderful chance to take an early morning (6.40am to 9am approx.) guided walk on the Forest led by one of our voluntary Rangers, an experienced birdwatcher.  The birds should be very active and vocal at this time.  

Joining Instructions here


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


FAMILY ENVIRONMENTAL ART WORKSHOP

Tuesday 10th April - 10am to 3pm

The Ashdown Forest Education Team are working with artists from So Sussex to offer a day of art and making based on the animals of the Ashdown Forest.

Poster here

To book please visit Eventbrite

Art Forest

 


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.


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.

Queens award


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


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)

 

 

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]

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



INFORMATION BARN OPENING HOURS:

Winter Opening Hours: October 2017 to March 2018

Weekends: 11am-5pm

(Closed: Monday to Friday)

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

Summer Opening Hours start from Friday 30th March 2018

Weekdays 2pm-5pm & Weekends: 11am-5pm


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 16th April 2018 (10am to 11.30am) - Birds and Nests

£5 per family - booking essential

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

Next month's Toddler Group is:

  1. Monday 21st May 2018 - Beetles
  2. Monday 18th June 2018 - Rabbits and Warrens
  3. 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.

 


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.


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 5th April 2018

In the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

For further information, please email.


POETS WALK - Tuesday 17th April

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.

The 4 Cs

Walking with your dog on Ashdown Forest


EXMOOR PONIES

One of our Exmoor ponies celebrating the move to fresh grazing at the Trees compartment off the Vachery drive.

Exmoor Pony

 


RARE WHITE FALLOW DEER

white buck

white doe


Another Riggit Galloway heifer calf.

Riggit Galloway Calf

 

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


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