"We support Ashdown Forest"
We appreciate all the support so many of you give us whether by volunteering, through donations or supporting events. Thank you!
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.
Due in part to ever decreasing budget and grant cuts we are piloting a new fundraising scheme asking visitors to contribute voluntarily to support Ashdown Forest and help with the preservation of our amenity spaces and car parks.
Our 2019 car window stickers are now available at the Ashdown Forest Centre and online here.
Please donate: £25 Bronze, £50 Silver or £100 Gold; We are hoping to raise £30,000 annually.
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.
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
We appreciate that writing a Will is a very private matter and if you are considering leaving a gift to Ashdown Forest, there is no obligation for you to let us know. However, we would love to have the opportunity to say "Thank You" to supporters who have remembered the Forest.
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the supporters from whom we have recently received a donation or a legacy gift:
|Mr & Mrs Widdows in memory of their friend||The Timms Family Charitable Trust||Mr & Mrs Manthorpe|
|Mrs Crook in memory of Stella Knight||Beryl Woodroof||Rachael Corke|
|In memory of Lillian Dorothy Dyer||K R Grindlay||Emma Booysen|
|Pam Griffiths||Hilary Randall|
|Rupert Atkin||Phil Cooling|
|Linda Arthur||Christopher Goodyear|
|Frances Parrish||Jane Reynolds|
|Kish Pinto||Karen Lloyd|
|Jeannette Towey||Lia Macklin Play|
|Anna Jane Perry||David Kirby|
|Neil Kerridge||Jeremy Oldershaw|
|Elizabeth Ford||Tim McDermott|
|Jason Setford-Smith||Colin Ruck|
|Diana Hart||Timothy Keogh|
|Stella Ellwood||Frieda Boyd|
No matter how large or small, your donations make a crucial difference to the what we can achieve.
Many donations are made online via the PayPal button above or by cheque (payable to: Conservators of Ashdown Forest). Other ideas include arranging a collection 'in lieu of flowers'. We can provide donation envelopes for a loved one's funeral.
To find out more about how leaving a gift in your Will could help, please feel free to contact Katherine Meade on 01342 823583 x 201, Email or by post: Conservators of Ashdown Forest, The Ashdown Forest Centre, Colemans Hatch Road, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JP.
Gifts in memory
The Memorial Programme allows local residents and visitors to make a donation 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
- Education and access, to conserve the Forest as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty
- Scrub control, to preserve diverse habitats for birds, reptiles and invertebrates
- Monitoring of the Forest for rare and vulnerable species
Currently we have opportunities to sponsor memorial lecterns, bridges, cairns, clump signs, gates, styles and picnic tables at the Forest Centre.
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 Email
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. 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
For more information Email
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”.
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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
2019 Ashdown Forest Car Window Sticker
BRONZE - £25 Donation
SILVER - £50 Donation
GOLD - £100 Donation