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Stay up-to-date with Ashdown Forest...
- Latest News - Lambing, Statement about the fire incidents from the Conservators of Ashdown Forest, Ashdown Forest on BBC South East Today
- Events - Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk, Nature Journaling on Ashdown Forest, **NEW** Cheese & Wine Tasting, **NEW** Birds and their Nests Family Trail, **NEW** Family Environmental Art Day, **NEW** Spring Poetry Evening, **NEW** Early Morning Bird Walks
- Art Exhibition - Ashdown Arts at Large
- 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
Writing Group - Thursday 28th March
Poets Walk - Tuesday 2nd April
Cheese & Wine Tasting - Thursday 4th April
Birds and Their Nests Family Trail - 6th-22nd April
Nature Journaling - Monday 8th April
Family Environmental Art Day - Wednesday 10th April
Spring Poetry Evening - Thursday 11th April
Ashdown Forest Explorers Toddler Group - Monday 15th April
Early Morning Bird Walk - Thursday 18th April, Tuesday 30th April, Saturday 11th May
Lambing season has now started.
There are sheep lambing in fields in and around the Forest. They are particularly vulnerable at this time and, with the recent increase in dog attacks, this is a worrying time for farmers and livestock owners.
If you walk your dogs in the countryside, make sure that they are under control at all times. If they are let off the lead, make sure they remain in your view at all times and that they will return to you when called.
There have been several instances of dogs escaping from gardens and running loose on the Forest and surrounding areas. Please ensure your garden boundaries are secure and dog-proof.
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.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE FOREST
We are piloting a new fundraising scheme asking visitors and local residents to contribute voluntarily to support Ashdown Forest and help with the preservation of our amenity spaces and car parks.
If you would like to help, find out more here:
Please help support The Conservators of Ashdown Forest when shopping online.
Use easyfundraising to shop with over 3300 retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, eBay, Boden and M&S.
Every time you shop, you'll raise a free donation for The Conservators of Ashdown Forest.
Find out more at www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/thecoaf
RIDING PERMITS 2018-19
Spring riding permits are now available from the Office. Annual Permits for 2019/20 will not be issued until April.
Please remember proof of insurance showing (£5mil third party public liability).
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) £120 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (3-10 clients) £240 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (11-20 clients) £360 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
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.
Information about local recycling centres.
COMMERICAL DOG WALKING
The Commercial Dog Walking Licence costs £100 per annum and runs from 01 April. Licenced Commercial Dog Walkers are issued with badges, so they can be identified.
Please be aware you need £5mil third party public liability insurance.
Application form here
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:
Winter Opening Hours start from Monday 1st October 2018
Weekends ONLY: 11am-5pm (or dusk)
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
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.
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
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.
We receive many enquiries each year for memorial benches. The waiting list for memorial benches is extensive and regrettably we are unable to take any more requests.
We have several interpretation boards to replace on the Forest car parks. The Lecterns are made from sustainably sourced English Oak. The frame has space for a 50mm x 200mm stainless steel engraved memorial plaque with a message or dedication. A £2,000 donation covers the oak lectern frame, interpretation board, memorial plaque, delivery, installation and maintenance for ten years.
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
The 4 'Cs'
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.