News and Events

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  • INSTALLATION OF NEW BOILER: From 4th Feb work will start to install a new biomass boiler and central heating system at the Forest Centre. Work is expected to last 5 weeks and there will be significant disruption at certain points throught this period.
  • PUBLIC TOILETS: Back open as normal


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

For more information click here


Executive Summary

Document in full (148 pages - 5.2MB)


February 2016: Scrub clearance opposite Gills Lap car park and behind Crow and Gate on A26. Contractors are also working below the ‘Pack Horse bridge’.

  • COMMONERS ELECTION: Notice of the Commoners Election and request for nominations for two Conservators. To download the notice click here
  • LIVESTOCK: All livestock are likely to be back on the Forest by Easter. Full updates will be provided here. For advice on walkers' safety around livestock please click here.
  • PONY GRAZING: From the week commencing 19th October 5 ponies from the Sussex Pony Conservation Trust will be grazing within an electric fence enclosure in Misbourne Valley, near Misbourne Farm. Signs have been installed in the area.
  • The Conservators ponies have now moved from Black Bog to near Wrens Warren. Please see map

  • 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 November - 31st March

Weekends only: 11am-5pm


Forest School Easter Holiday Club - 4th & 5th April. Click here for more information and booking details.





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