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- VICTIM OF DOG ATTACK 09/10/17
- An appeal to all dog owners, both local residents and visitors to Ashdown Forest, to keep their dogs under proper control whilst in the vicinity of livestock.
- The farmer asked us to release the following image to demonstrate the devastating consequences of not maintaining full control of a dog.
- For full details of the attack click the link below
- WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT, you may find the attached photograph distressing.
- WOOD PERMITS
- The wood permit list is now open for Commoners with or without Estovers. Please contact the office to register with the Rangers.
- Email: [email protected]
- Commoners with Estovers - Please ensure you have paid your annual Commoners Assessment Rate for 2017/2018 before applying for your Wood Permit.
- Requests from third parties to cut wood on someone else’s behalf, must be verified through the office.
- PLEASE HELP US REDUCE FLY TIPPING
- Please check your contractor has a waste disposal licence here
- The 4 'Cs'
- Please remove your dog waste from the Forest and take it home.
- WOODTURNERS DEMONSTRATION
- 11th November to 17th December 2017
- Weekends 11am to 5pm in the Information Barn
- As well as demonstrating their skills, there will be items for sale, some great options for Christmas gifts with a personal touch!
- COMMERCIAL FILMING
- All moving films, for television (for whatever purpose) and cinema or action shots for magazines, require written permission and there is a scale of charges which can be viewed here. Please contact the Office and we will try to help.
- Application form here
- See more of Ashdown Forest here
- FUNGI DAY - Monday 23rd October
- 11am to 4pm at the Forest Centre
- There will be two guided Fungi Walks at 11am and 2pm. Please book your place on either walk by emailing: [email protected]
- Alternatively, you can forage for fungi on your own and experts will be on hand throughout the day in the Information Barn to identify your finds.
- Poster here
- POP-UP CAFE - Monday 23rd October
- The Pop-Cafe will be open 11am to 4pm to support the Fungi Day at the Ashdown Forest Centre.
- NIBBLED NUT TRAIL - Monday 23rd October
- Enjoy a self-guided trail from the Ashdown Forest Centre for families exploring the species that have been enjoying the nuts, fungi and berries that adorn Ashdown Forest.
- Find the GIANT mouse nest at the end of the trial.
- Maps will be available in the Information Barn.
- Poster here
- NOTICE INVITING TENDER
- Tenders are invited for the Licence to sell Ice Cream on Ashdown Forest from six sites for the five year period commencing 1st January 2018 and terminating on the 31st December 2022. Details and application forms below:
- Notice Inviting Tender
- Appendix A and B
- HIGH WEALD PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
- A short online questionnaire (10mins)
- Link to questionnaire
- Everyone who completes it will be entered into a draw to win a family ticket to the Spa Valley Railway.
- The aim is to find out how people feel about the High Weald, how they enjoy/explore it, what they think is important and what they think needs to be done to conserve it.
- 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.
- RIDING PERMITS
- Information about horse riding on the Forest can be found here.
- The Winter Riding Permit is available from 1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018
- Winter Permit Adult - £72.00
- Winter Permit Child - £38.00
- The Riding Permit application form 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.
- 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
- POET WALK - Tuesday 21st November 2017
- Between10.30am and 1.30pm.
- Write for a while, go for a walk, then write about the walk. If there is time we look at a nature poem or two.
- Meet in the Lancaster room at the Ashdown Forest Centre.
- Please contact the office to book at [email protected]
- QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE 2016 - The Conservators of Ashdown Forest has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for voluntary service a group can receive in the UK. More information and photos can be viewed 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
- Executive Summary
- Document in full (148 pages - 5.2MB)
- Annual Report 2016-2017
- Strategic Plan 2016-2020
- Latest News
- Up-coming Events & Exhibitions
- Friends of Ashdown Forest
- Dog Walking -**NEW CODE OF CONDUCT**
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...
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.
- Phone us on 01342 823583
- E-mail us at [email protected]
- Postcode: RH18 5JP
- Postcodes for car parks here
- The Forest Centre - Office, Information Barn and Education Barn
INFORMATION BARN OPENING HOURS:
Winter Opening Hours: October 2017 to March 2018
(Closed: Monday to Friday)
Address: Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row, Sussex, RH18 5JP.
Summer Opening Hours start from in April 2018
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 150meters East along Ridge 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
ASHDOWN FOREST EXPLORERS - TODDLER GROUP
A group for pre-school children and their parents / carers - join us to explore the wonderful wildlife of Ashdown Forest through a short walk with seasonal crafts and activities.
More info here.
Every 3rd Monday of the month.
This month's Toddler Group is:
Monday 16th October - Birch Trees and Brooms
10am to 11.30am - Spaces
1pm to 2:30pm - Spaces
£5 per family - booking essential
Please wear long trousers, proper shoes and clothes that can get dirty.
Next month's Toddler Group is:
Monday 20th November - Sweet Chestnuts and Fire making
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.
SILVER STUDDED BLUE BUTTERFLIES
One of Sussex rarest butterflies (heathland specialists) spotted yesterday (19th June 2017) by the Countryside Team on Camp Hill.
Here is the latest addition to the Ashdown Forest herd of Riggit Galloway cattle (a little heifer). Ashdown Corylus, born on 31st July 2017.
New Arrival!! A Black Galloway Bull Calf Born 5th April 2017
New Arrival!! ASHDOWN CALLUNA Born 28th February 2017
A White Galloway Calf