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The Information Barn will be closed until further notice.
The public toilets at the Forest Centre will be CLOSED until further notice
There are now sheep and cattle out in the grazing enclosure of the South & West Chases. Please be aware that there may be animals on Crowborough Road between Nutley and Duddleswell at all times of day and night. There are smaller, fenced livestock enclosures around the Forest.
Dogs should be kept under very close control at all times, preferably on a lead in the grazing enclosure.
Forest Spraying Operations Commencing June 2020
Ashdown Forest Wildlife
- iNaturalist app - Flora and Fauna of Ashdown Forest. Help us identify 1000 species.
- Butterflies on Ashdown Forest. More information
- BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT 2020 - Butterfly Conservation -17th July to 9th August.
Events and Activities
- ***NEW*** Ashdown Forest Summer Trail - A 3km trail with activities. Includes steep and rough paths so may not be suitable for buggies.
- Events - Activity Ideas, Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk
- Activity ideas for lock down
- Fire at Gills Lap. Carefully extinguish cigarettes, no BBQ or camp fires.
- The Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club has reopened. Public Safety Notice
- Support the Friends of Ashdown Forest by shopping at AmazonSmile
- Latest News - Exmoor Ponies at Trees, Commoners Annual Meeting, Summit Call on Future Funding, Deer Aware
- 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 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
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
All our events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. See Events for more information
RIDING PERMITS 2020-21
Please do not visit the Forest Centre to buy your permit
Either email or post your forms back to us, along with evidence of your insurance (minimum £5million third party public liability) and AFRA membership if applicable. Permits will be sent out after the correct documents and payments have been received.
Email: [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) £130 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (3-10 clients) £260 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (11-20 clients) £390 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
- Statement of Accounts 2018/19
- Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2018-19
- Strategic Plan 2016-2020
- Annual Report 2017/18
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 2020 (£3.00 Donation): DOWNLOAD
The Clumps Walk 2020 - 14.5 miles. (£2.00 Donation): DOWNLOAD
Mapped Walks - 1-4 miles. Leaflets: HERE
Grazing Map of Ashdown Forest 2020 (£2.00 Donation): DOWNLOAD
You can now download a Grazing Map of Ashdown Forest for a £2.00 donation. The map is updated with each new enclosure (electric fencing), so you can find our livestock or avoid them. Once you have downloaded the map, you will receive each update (as the map changes) free of charge by email.
***NEW*** Ashdown Forest Summer Trail (£1.00 Donation): DOWNLOAD map and activity sheet
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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]
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.
- Car Parks - Postcodes and what3words can be found 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.
BRITISH MODEL FLYING ASSOCIATION (BMFA)
License to fly on Ashdown Forest: THe BMFA and its membership have a licence to fly on the Forest under strict locations, dates and times.
Summary of Licence
Model Types: Free Fight and Radio Controlled Gliders, powered (electric) and unpowered.
Flying Locations: Old Lodge Valley area bounded by Old Lodge Boundary; and Duddleswell/Nutley Road, Old Lodge Drive, B2026 and Friends Clump.
Flying Dates and Times:
Between 1 May and 31 August:
- Silent Free Flight models, including electric powered – up to 12.00 noon and from 6 pm to sunset on any day in the area detailed above..
- Power Assisted Free Flight models and Radio Controlled Gliders including electric powered Models – up to 10.30 am and from 6 pm to sunset on any day in the area detailed above.
Between 1 January to 30 April and 1 September to 31 December:
- Free Flight models and Radio Controlled Gliders including electric powered assisted Models – from 8.30 am to sunset on any day in the area detailed above.
Each year the BMFA negotiate a number of competition dates that enable their members to fly from 8:30am to sunset, that do not clash with other events on the Forest,
The use of Helicopters and Multi-Rotor, 3D models, Gas Turbines, etc. do not fall within the scope of our licence and therefore cannot be flown at all and will be enforced by the Forest Rangers.
Link: BMFA South-East Area
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