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Ashdown Forest Christmas Trees
£5 per foot
Scots Pine Christmas trees will be available to buy from the Forest Centre - 9am to 4pm during the week & 11am to dusk at weekends.
Ashdown Woodturners Association and East Grinstead Spinners will be giving demonstrations in the Visitor Centre from November 20th (weekends only).
Ashdown Forest Calendar 2022
Now available from the Forest Centre and our online shop
The following areas have temporary livestock enclosures with live fences.
Exmoor ponies at Rushy Bottom, Jumpers and near the Vanguard Way (Gills Lap)
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
Activity Ideas, Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk, Nature Nuggets
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
Application for Car Park Refreshment Concessions
We are now inviting applications for ice cream and mobile refreshment concessions.
The Ashdown Forest Act 1974, S.18 (c), permits the sale of ice cream and refreshments from not more than six vehicles on Ashdown Forest. The Conservators are once again looking to invite applications from individual ice cream concessions and mobile refreshment1 concessions (i.e. tea and coffee vans) for a period of one year, commencing 01 February 2022 and terminating 31 January 2023.
The Conservators would particularly welcome applications from clean air/solar power and other zero emissions vehicles with sustainable mobility credentials.
Closing date for applications – Friday 07 January 2022.
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]