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A Year in the Life of Ashdown Forest

A gorgeous new film (December 2013) produced by the Friends of Ashdown Forest giving a behind the scenes look that reveals 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.


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The Forest Centre and glade of trees with picnic tables.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. Learn more about the 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.

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