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  • HINDLEAP CAR PARK - Hindleap western carpark entrance is extremely eroded with pot holes. The Conservators have tried on numerous occasions to mend or resurface it. We have decided to close this entrance permanently and restrict access into the carpark through the eastern entrance. This work will be carried out this week. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • SPARK 2016 Awards - Our Education Programme picked up the Environmental Achievement Award at the SPARK Awards 2016.


Notice on election of a new Commoner - please click here.

Request for Counsel - Election Voting

Timothy Straker QC to whom the Board of Conservators instructed counsel


Commoner’s animals will start going back out onto the Forest on Tuesday 05 April 2016. Signage will be going out to inform Forest users.

To check where the Conservators livestock are currently grazing please click here.

For advice on walkers' safety around livestock please click here.


Message from the Chair of the Board of Conservators - please click here

For more information relating to the Governance Review please click here


Executive Summary

Document in full (148 pages - 5.2MB)

  • NEW OPENING HOURS. The Forest Centre Office and toilet facilities will now be shutting at 4.30pm every Friday.


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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)



SE Tourism 2016


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


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.



1st April - 31st October

Weekdays: 2pm-5pm

Weekends : 11am-5pm


********** NEW PARENT/CARER & TODDLER GROUP ***********

A new group for children aged 2-5 years - join us to explore the wonderful wildlife of Ashdown Forest

Monday 20th June - every 3rd Monday of the month

10am - 11.30am

£5 per family - booking essential

For more details click here


***************** SUMMER PLAYSCHEME *******************

Monday 22nd - Wednesday 24th August 2016

For children aged 6-11 years

Woodland skills, games, stories, den buiding, nature exploration, trails and lots more!!

£90 for 3 days - booking essential

Email - [email protected]


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