Launching The Ashdown Forest Foundation
We appreciate all the support so many of you give us whether by volunteering, through donations or supporting events. Thank you!
In 2020 we are launching The Ashdown Forest Foundation, the charitable arm of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest. Its aim is to fundraise to ensure the best possible future for the Forest, supporting the Conservators who have been caring for the Forest since 1885. They protect and care for this rare habitat and its endangered wildlife, to improve biodiversity and bio-abundance. We aim to conserve this beautiful landscape for public enjoyment and recreation, which improves the quality of life and well-being in the community.
Our 2020 car window sticker celebrating the launch of The Ashdown Forest Foundation is now available with a £25.00 donation at the Ashdown Forest Centre and online here.
Ashdown Forest is a unique and very special place for residents, local communities and visitors - 6,500 acres of protected heathland and woodland, paths, rides and trails, hidden gardens, waterfalls, streams and magnificent views to the North and South Downs.
The most recent Visitor Survey estimated that there were 4541 visits per day to Ashdown Forest with just a small staff team, supported by teams of volunteers, who work to 'manage the forest as an amenity and place of resort and to conserve it as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty.
’Local residents also tell us they would like to show their appreciation for this wonderful resource on their doorstep.
We can always use teams of volunteers to help us preserve the Forest. Activities include a variety of heathland and woodland habitat maintenance. Coppicing woodland, clearing Pine and Birch scrub and removing invasive species like Rhododendron, then a bonfire.
A volunteering day on the Forest is a change of scene and a great team building activity. A group of 15 volunteers can achieve a huge amount in 5 hours.
You can download our Corporate Volunteering Application Form here
We rely heavily on the generosity of our local residents to supplement our conservation work. We are a small team trying to make a big difference on the Forest. We're so grateful for the help from our growing community of supporters who fundraise on our behalf.
Every pound donated helps, whether it’s supporting our Forest Centre events, joining our health walks, completing a marathon, garage sales or hosting a coffee morning. Your sponsored activities make preserving the Forest possible.
Please email the Forest Centre to discuss your fundraising ideas. Email
Gifts in memory
The Ashdown Forest Foundation Memorial Programme allows residents and visitors to donate in memory of a loved one to fund the conservation of Ashdown Forest. Donations from this programme will help to maintain and enhance the Forest’s natural beauty as a lasting and fitting tribute to the family member or friend who enjoyed visiting the Forest. Donations will help to fund conservation work such as:
- Restoration of lowland heathland, a nationally important habitat.
- Grazing management, including our herds of pedigree Riggit Galloway cattle, Welsh and Exmoor ponies and Hebridean sheep.
- Education and access, to conserve the Forest as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty.
- Scrub control, to preserve diverse habitats for birds, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates.
- Monitoring of the Forest for rare and vulnerable species.
Currently, we have opportunities to sponsor memorial lecterns, benches, bridges, cairns, clump signs, gates, and picnic tables. Every memorial has space for a marine grade stainless steel plaque. Donations cover the memorial delivery, installation, plaque, and maintenance for ten years.
Memorial benches require a £2500 donation. The Lecterns and the Gates require a £2000 donation. Cairns require a £1500 donation. You can see examples of the Lecterns with a memorial plaque at Friends and Hollies car parks. The gates have space for a memorial plaque either on the gate itself or on the gate post. For more information: TAFF Memorial Programme Leaflet 2020
If your organisation is interested in providing financial support for environmental causes and helping environmental philanthropy, you might consider adopting Ashdown Forest as your cause of the Year.
Corporate sponsorship is the perfect opportunity to become involved with Ashdown Forest and our local community. Businesses can contribute to their corporate social responsibility and support this community asset.
There are opportunities to sponsor:
- The Ashdown Forest ranger vehicles
- The Forest car parks
- Volunteer uniform and equipment
- The Education Programme
- Our Grazing Programme
- Our Forest Centre events
- Communication equipment
- IT infrastructure
- Areas of woodland
A partnership with Ashdown Forest is a two-way street. Your organisation will receive valuable exposure, plenty of publicity and the appreciation of our Forest supporters. It is the perfect opportunity to align our environmental brand with your corporate values and goals.
Supporting Ashdown Forest is also a chance to mitigate negative impacts (CO2 emissions) and improve the environment for future generations.
More information here
Gifts in kind
Do you have items that you can donate? This may include:
- Raffle and auction prizes to help us raise funds at our volunteer events
- Books to sell in our Information Barn
- Resources to help us minimise our organisation’s running costs
- All manner of tools and equipment for our conservation team
Other ways to help
We have an on-going fundraising initiative with easyfundraising, the UK's biggest charity fundraising site. It's simple to use, and it's free. easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into donations for your good cause, at no cost to you. Once you've made a purchase the retailer will then make a small donation to your cause to say “thank you”.
Join over 1.4 million people raising free donations at over 3500 shops and sites every day the easyfundraising way!
Please register at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/
Registration is easy with your email address or Facebook profile.Search for the “Conservators of Ashdown Forest” or install the easyfundraising App on your mobile phone.
The Conservators of Ashdown Forest received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service - 2016.
- Do you have some free time available?
- Are you interested in helping to manage and preserve the Ashdown Forest?
- Would you like to meet like-minded people?
We are very grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who perform a variety of tasks which help the management of the Forest and inform the many visitors to the Forest Centre.
Volunteers receive full training where required, travel expenses are offered and there are regular get-togethers to share news, views and information. Whether you are new to the Forest or have lived in the area for a long time, it's a great way to enjoy it more!
You can download our Volunteer Application Form here
We support Ashdown Forest
Please take 30 seconds to help us improve the amenity spaces & car parks on Ashdown Forest.
Donate via TEXT/SMS:
ASHD001 to 70331 to give £3
ASHD001 to 70970 to give £5
ASHD001 to 70191 to give £10
2020 The Ashdown Forest Foundation Car Window Sticker