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  • 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.

  • HEBRIDEAN HOGGET BOX - ON SALE
  • Your box of Hogget will be processed locally and expertly cut.  A whole box will consist of about 16-18 kg of Hogget.
  • We charge £9.00/kg
  • Enjoy this natural and tasty product in the knowledge that you are helping to conserve the rare and beautiful heathlands of Ashdown Forest.
  • To place an order contact the Forest Centre on 01342 823583
  • Or e-mail:  [email protected]
  • More information here.

  • GALLOWAY BEEF BOX - ON SALE
  • Our Galloway Beef will be hung for 30 days allowing it to reach its full potential and ensure that it is full of delicious flavour.
  • The meat will be packed and labelled.  Our animals are mature; this is full flavoured aged Galloway beef.
  • A box will contain 10kg of meat and the proportions of cuts will vary between boxes.
  • We charge £12.50/kg and you will need to collect from the Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, RH18 5JP
  • To place an order contact the Forest Centre on 01342 823583
  • Or e-mail:   [email protected]
  • More information here.

  • 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.

  • SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG TRAINING
  • Dates:
  • Tuesday 19th September (Full - Waiting List)
  • Price:  One dog per slot.  £25 per dog, payable a month in advance.
  • Location:  Cats Protection, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7TT
  • To book, please email:  [email protected]

  • 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

  1. OFF-ROAD CYCLING
  2. Off road cycling is not permitted on Ashdown Forest and is a breach of Bye-law 2.
  3. 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • ASHDOWN FOREST RIDING ASSOCIATION
  • Pleasure Ride on Sunday 1st October 2017
  • Information and Entry 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]

  • NIGHTJAR SUNSET BIRD WALKS
  • Report and species seen on the third Nightjar walk on Thursday 6 July 2017 here
  • Nightjar Site (near Long car park):

Nightjar Ashdown Forest

 


  • DAWN CHORUS BIRD WALKS 2017
  • Report & Species seen on the third Dawn Chorus Walk on Thursday 18 May 2017 here.

  • 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.

Queens award


  • 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


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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.




INFORMATION BARN OPENING HOURS:

3rd April to 30th September 2017

Weekdays: 2pm-5pm

Weekends: 11am-5pm

Address: Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row, Sussex, RH18 5JP.

Winter Opening Hours start from Sunday 1st October 2017.


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.

 


COACH PARKING:

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

Please try the new AUDIO EXPLORE tour, available now at the Ashdown Forest Information Centre. Our free audio-guided walking tour with a PENpal and Interactive Map.

Poster here Video 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.

For more details click here

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.  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.

Silver Studded Blue

 


New Arrival!!

Here is the latest addition to the Ashdown Forest herd of Riggit Galloway cattle (a little heifer). Ashdown Corylus, born on 31st July 2017.

Riggit Galloway

 

New Arrival!! A Black Galloway Bull Calf Born 5th April 2017

Riggit Galloway Bull Calf

black riggit galloway bull calf


New Arrival!! ASHDOWN CALLUNA Born 28th February 2017

A White Galloway Calf

White Galloway Riggit

Calluna

Calluna 2

Calluna 3

 

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