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  • COMMONERS ANNUAL MEETING - Meeting to be held on Friday 3rd March at 7.30pm at Nutley Village Hall for purpose of conducting general business and election of one Conservator.
  • Notice of meeting - please click here
  • Ashdown Forest Commoner Conservator - Nominee Notice - Feb 2017 here
  • Personal Statements of the Nominees:
  • Ms Susan McAll here
  • Mr Colin Smith here
  • For the Commoners attending the AGM and wishing to vote, please bring your Commoners Assessment Number and form of Indentification.


  • ASHDOWN FOREST TRIPLE BILL - A "pillow and blanket" evening to celebrate Ashdown Forest. Friday 10th March, 8:00 - 9:30pm. Forest Row Village Hall. A soundscape, 1950's archive film and moving images with live percussion. More information here

Ashdown Forest Triple Bill

  • DAWN CHORUS BIRD WALKS 2017 - Dates:- Thursday 20 April, Saturday 6 May and Thursday 18 May 2017. A wonderful chance to take an early morning (06.40 to 08.40) walk on the Forest led by a Voluntary Ranger. There are a limited number of spaces, so please book early.

  • REMOVAL OF BRIDGE - The bridge between Braeberrys Gate drive and the ponds has been removed as structually unsound. Due to a generous donation it is hoped that the bridge will be repaired by the end of April 2017.

  • ASHDOWN FOREST MEAT BOXES - Hogget and Mutton boxes can now be reserved.

  • 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


The Conservators sheep are now off the Forest. The Commoner farmer has removed his sheep from the grazing area but is still trying to locate 3 cows.

The Conservators cattle will remain on the Forest throughout winter, in the Trees enclosure, behind Millbrook West car park (A22).

To view a map showing the grazing enclosures 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)


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)



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 October - 31st March

Weekends Only: 11am-5pm


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

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

Every 3rd Monday of the month, except Easter Monday 17th April

10am - 11.30am

£5 per family - booking essential

For more details click here



Friday 10th March, 8:00 - 9:30pm.

Forest Row Village Hall (Freshfield the main hall)

Entry: £5 donation on the door.

Ashdown Forest Triple Bill Poster

Ashdown Forest Triple Bill Poster 1





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