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*** CORONAVIRUS ***
We are following the government advice and PHE guidelines with respect to the coronavirus outbreak.
If you need to speak to staff at the Forest Centre please call (01342 823583) or email [email protected] before visiting the office.
The Information Barn will be closed until further notice.
The public toilets at the Forest Centre will be CLOSED until further notice
*** THE CLUMPS SPONSORED WALK***
Postponed until further notice
*** HEALTH WALKS ***
The TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) have suspended all Health Walks in East Sussex with immediate effect until the end of April. Contact TCV for more information: (01424 444675)
*** SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG ***
The dates for sheep proof your dog courses will be arranged when the lockdown situation becomes clearer.
- Latest News - Exmoor Ponies at Trees, Commoners Annual Meeting, Summit Call on Future Funding, Deer Aware
- Events - Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk
- Art Exhibition - Ashdown Arts at Large Again
- 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
Many of our events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. See Events for more information
RIDING PERMITS 2020-21
Please do not visit the Forest Centre to buy your permit
Either email or post your forms back to us, along with evidence of your insurance (minimum £5million third party public liability) and AFRA membership if applicable. Permits will be sent out after the correct documents and payments have been received.
Email: [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)
Conservators of Ashdown Forest update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
“In light of the recent announcement by the Government on Monday 23 March, if you are on Ashdown Forest during the next few weeks, be responsible and follow the Government guidelines on travel, exercise and social distancing at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Together we can save lives and protect the NHS. Stay safe and well.
Sussex Police have clarified that government guidance is that people can take one form of exercise from their own home which may be a dog walk and that travel should be undertaken for essential journeys only.
Sussex Police say that essential travel does not include travelling to and from locations away from home for dog walking or other exercise”.
Discover more at Ashdown Forest...
The Official Map of Ashdown Forest 2019 (£3.00 Donation): DOWNLOAD
Mapped Walks: Download Leaflets here
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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.
- Car Parks - Postcodes and what3words can be found 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