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*** CHRISTMAS TREES FOR SALE***
Scots Pine Christmas trees are for sale at the Ashdown Forest Centre
***LOGS FOR SALE***
We have logs for sale in the Visitor Centre: £7 for a net bag or £12:50 for premium logs and kindling (£10 for a refill)
*** WINTER EVENT ***
The Forest Centre Winter Event is on Sunday 22nd December with the Ashdown Mummers, Shalesbrook Morris, Father Christmas, Carol Singing and more!
*** AUTUMN PHOTO COMPETITION ***
We are running another photo competition, closing date 31st January 2020.
*** LIVESTOCK UPDATE ***
The sheep have been removed from the grazing area but there are a few that are unaccounted. Some cattle are still out and are gradually being removed.
The signs on the road and car parks will be taken down when the sheep and cattle have all been rounded up. If the signs are still up this indicates there are still some animals out.
Please be aware that your dogs must be kept under control at all times even when there is no livestock on the Forest.
- Latest News - Deer Aware, Photo Competition Winners
- Events - Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk, Family Wreath-making Workshop, Winter Event
- Art Exhibition - Ashdown Woodturners are displaying the wares in the Information Centre
- Blog! - look at the Forest through the eyes of our Countryside Team
- Bye-laws - information about the activities that are allowed under the Ashdown Forest Act 1974
- Board of Conservators - information about the Conservators, meeting dates, minutes and agendas of Board and Committee meetings
- Friends of Ashdown Forest
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
See Events for more information
Mulled Poems - Saturday 14th December
Mini Explorers - Monday 16th December
Winter Event - Sunday 22nd December
RIDING PERMITS 2019-20
Winter Riding Permits Application Form 2019/20 Winter riding permits will be valid from 1st October.
A copy of your insurance showing £5mil third party public liability must be provided.
Forms and insurance can also be sent via email to [email protected]
If you are planning an event that will use any part of the Forest an EVENTS APPLICATION FORM should be completed and returned to the Forest Centre Office
Any commercial activity that takes place on the Forest is subject to a fee or charge.
All moving films, for television (for whatever purpose) and cinema or action shots for magazines, require written permission. An application form and scale of charges can be found here.
Please contact the Office for more information.
OUTDOOR FITNESS LICENCE
A new commercial Fitness Licence has been introduced. Charges:
Personal Fitness Licence (<2 clients) £126 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (3-10 clients) £252 pa.
Group Fitness Licence (11-20 clients) £378 pa.
The Outdoor Fitness Licence Application Form and Code of Conduct is here.
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
Off road cycling is not permitted on Ashdown Forest and is a breach of Bye-law 2.
Please contact the office if you have any questions.
ERECTION OF NOTICE BOARDS/RESIDENTIAL BUILDING / CONSTRUCTION WORK
Please email the completed form to: [email protected]
ASHDOWN FOREST CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN 2016-2020
- Statement of Accounts 2018/19
- Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2018-19
- Strategic Plan 2016-2020
- Annual Report 2017/18
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)
Discover more at Ashdown Forest...
The Official Map of Ashdown Forest 2019 (£3.00 Donation): DOWNLOAD
Mapped Walks: Download Leaflets here
Winter Opening Hours
Weekends: 11am - dusk
Please note the Forest Centre Christmas opening hours:
The Forest Centre Office will be closed from Wednesday 25 December to Sunday 05 January inclusive.
The Information Barn will be open as normal at weekends and also on Wednesday 01 January 2020.
The Emergency line will be operational throughout the Christmas period.
Address: The Ashdown Forest Centre, Coleman's Hatch Road, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JP
Phone: +44 (0)1342 823583 (Monday to Friday)
E-mail: [email protected]
Please use Broadstone car park (RH18 5JP) should be used by larger coaches.
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
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.
- Emergency (Out of Hours) Phone: 01342 822846. Note this number diverts to the mobile phone of the Duty Ranger. Although this is a 24 hour number, if the Ranger is out of signal the call may divert to voicemail - please leave a message and he will return your call when he has signal.
- If you need urgent assistance please call 999.
- Postcodes for car parks here
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.
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. A donation to Ashdown Forest in memory of your loved one would be very much appreciated. Please contact the office for more information.
For information about the memorials available on the Forest please see our Memorial Programme Leaflet
PLEASE HELP US REDUCE FLY TIPPING
Please check your contractor has a waste disposal licence here
Information about East Sussex County Council Amenity sites
Information about West Sussex County Council Amenity sites
DOGS AND DOG WALKING
Commercial Dog Walking Licence - Application Form