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News, Events and Notices

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*** 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.  If the dogs are off the lead, make sure they remain in your view at all times and that they will return to you when called. 

Take responsibility for your dogs.  If you are in any doubt of your ability to control or recall your dog, keep it on a lead.


  • Latest News - Advice regarding waste and fly-tipping
  • Events - Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk, Nature Journaling on Ashdown Forest, ***NEW*** Nightjar Walks, Landscape of Winnie the Pooh Walk, ***NEW*** Sheep Shearing and Wool Craft Day, ***NEW*** Walks with the Rangers
  • Art Exhibition - Nutley Artists
  • 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

Nightjar Walks - Wednesday 19th June, Tuesday 25th June, Monday 1st July

Ashdown Forest Explorers Toddler Group - Monday 17th June

Writing Group - Thursday 27th June

The Landscape of Winnie the Pooh - Monday 24th June

Sheep Shearing and Wool Craft Day - Sunday 30th June

Nature Journaling - Monday 8th July


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]


Livestock advice

What to do if you hit a deer on Ashdown Forest

Important advice for walkers' safety around livestock

Livestock Worrying


EVENTS

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.

2019-20 fees

COMMERCIAL FILMING

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

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.

Information about local recycling centres.


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


 


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

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]


INFORMATION BARN OPENING HOURS:

Summer Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11am-4pm (dependent on volunteer cover)

Weekends: 11am-5pm


Questions? Check our Visitor FAQ's and Management FAQ's.


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



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. 

MEMORIALS

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

The Commercial Dog Walking Licence costs £105 per year and runs from April 1st. Licenced Commercial Dog Walkers are issued with badges, so they can be identified.

Please be aware you need £5mil third party public liability insurance.

Licenced Dog Walkers

Walking with your dog on Ashdown Forest

Livestock Worrying

CODE OF CONDUCT

The 4 'Cs'

1. Control

2. Care for farm animals and wildlife

3. Consider Others

4. Clean Up

 

Please remove your dog waste from the Forest and take it home.

 

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