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*** NE VEGETATION SURVEY ***
Natural England are carrying out surveys/mapping of vegetation on parts of Ashdown Forest which include operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The survey is being undertaken with the permission of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest, and visitors to Ashdown Forest should not be affected by our activities. The survey activities should be complete by the end of August.
If you require further information you can contact Krisztina Fekete on [email protected]
*SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION*
*** LIVESTOCK UPDATE ***
The livestock are out on the South Chase.
Our sheep, cattle and ponies are out on the Forest in enclosurese with electric fencing.
Dog walkers should make sure their dogs are under control at all times.
*** SPRAYING UPDATE ***
- Latest News - Dog Owner Prosecuted for failing to Control their dog
- Events - Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk, ***NEW*** Summer Storytelling, Sheep Proof Your Dog, ***NEW*** NGS Walk around the Forest Garden,***NEW*** Creative Writing Walk,
- Art Exhibition - Precious Earth by Emma Tuzzio
- 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
See Events for more information
Pop-Up Cafe - Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th & Monday 26th August
Summer Storytelling - Sunday 1st September
Sheep Proof Your Dog - Tuesday 10th September
Mini Explorers - Monday 16th September
NGS Walk around the Forest Garden - Tuesday 17th September
Creative Writing Walk - Thursday 19th September
Sheep Proof Your Dog - Tuesday 24th September
SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG
The next Sheep Proof Your Dog courses are on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 24th September.
To book a session, email [email protected]
£28 per session
RIDING PERMITS 2019-20
Annual Riding Permits Application Form 2019/20 Permits will be issued between 10am and 4pm at the Forest Centre.
Please bring a copy of your insurance showing £5mil third party public liability.
Forms and insurance can also be sent via email to [email protected]
If you are planning an event that will use any part of the Forest an EVENTS APPLICATION FORM should be completed and returned to the Forest Centre Office
Any commercial activity that takes place on the Forest is subject to a fee or charge.
All moving films, for television (for whatever purpose) and cinema or action shots for magazines, require written permission. An application form and scale of charges can be found here.
Please contact the Office for more information.
OUTDOOR FITNESS LICENCE
A new commercial Fitness Licence has been introduced. Charges:
Personal Fitness Licence (<2 clients) £126 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (3-10 clients) £252 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (11-20 clients) £378 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/RESIDENTIAL BUILDING / CONSTRUCTION WORK
Please email the completed form to: [email protected]
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)
Discover more at Ashdown Forest...
The Official Map of Ashdown Forest (£2.50 Donation): DOWNLOAD
Mapped Walks: Download Leaflets here
Summer Opening Hours
Weekdays: 1pm-4pm (dependent on volunteer cover)
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]
COACH PARKING: Please use Broadstone car park (RH18 5JP) should be used by larger coaches.
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
TREE PLANTING ON ASHDOWN FOREST
The term ‘Forest’ causes a great deal of confusion; it was originally a Norman French term meaning an area where it was illegal to hunt the King’s deer and had nothing at all to do with the presence or absence of trees. In fact, if you were the King and you were hunting deer on horseback, trees were probably the last thing you wanted. All the famous Forests of Britain – Sherwood, Ashdown, the New Forest – would have been more open space than woodland and would have been like that for probably 900 years.
Ashdown, like many of the other Forests, would have been maintained as open heathland by the activities of Commoners; residents of the surrounding villages who had ancient rights to take things from the Common – bracken, gorse, turf, firewood – and to manage it by grazing and burning. Commoners still exist, but few of them now exercise their rights, so it is down to us as the Conservators of Ashdown Forest to carry out the activities that historically maintained the open heath.
The justification for this management – preventing the Forest from reverting to woodland – is that lowland heathland is rarer than tropical rainforest on a global scale, whereas woodland – at least in the south-east of England – is relatively widespread. Whilst it might be true that some areas are short of trees – the uplands of northern Britain, for instance – the Weald of Sussex and Kent is the most densely wooded part of the British Isles. So, we have not only a moral but a legal obligation to prevent the loss of heathland; it is protected under EU law as one of a list of the rarest habitats in Europe. It is also home to a group of plant and animal species that rely totally on heathland as their home. This includes internationally protected species such as the Nightjar and Dartford warbler.
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.
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.
For information about the memorials available on the Forest please see our Memorial Programme Leaflet
PLEASE HELP US REDUCE FLY TIPPING
Please check your contractor has a waste disposal licence here
Information about East Sussex County Council Amenity sites
Information about West Sussex County Council Amenity sites
DOGS AND DOG WALKING
Commercial Dog Walking Licence - Application Form