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News, Events and Notices

Stay up-to-date with Ashdown Forest...

Christmas Trees

Scots Pine Christmas trees will be available to buy from the Forest Centre from 27th November.

Ashdown Woodturners Association and East Grinstead Spinners will be giving demonstrations in the Visitor Centre from November 20th (weekends only).


The Future for Ashdown Forest

A series of public talk about Ashdown Forest

Online (Zoom) -

Thursday 25th November 7:30pm

Register here

Uckfield Civic Centre -

29th November 7:30pm

Click here for further details


Application for Car Park Refreshment Concessions

We are now inviting applications for ice cream and mobile refreshment concessions.

Further Information


Ashdown Forest Beef Boxes

We are now taking orders for Ashdown Forest Beef Boxes ready for early December.

Further Information

To place an order, email [email protected]


Ashdown Forest Calendar 2022

Now available from the Forest Centre and our online shop

Ashdown Forest Calendar 2022


Ashdown Forest Code


BPS Claimants - contact the office for details of the work party for compliance


LIVESTOCK STATUS

The following areas have temporary livestock enclosures with live fences.

Exmoor ponies at Rushy Bottom, Jumpers and near the Vanguard Way (Gills Lap)

Signs in car parks and along the road will be removed once all livestock have been removed from the grazing enclosure.

Please do not approach or feed the livestock. Dog walkers are reminded that dogs must be kept under very close control at all times even when there is no livestock on the Forest.

Please follow the Code of Conduct for dog walkers and remember the 4C's

CODE OF CONDUCT

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Ashdown Forest Car Window Sticker 2021

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Deer Aware


Events and Activities -

Activity Ideas, Toddler Group, Writing Group, Poets Walk, Nature Nuggets

Latest News

School Visits Contact our education team at [email protected] for details about the services they can offer.

 

Ashdown Forest Wildlife

 

 

Information

 


RIDING PERMITS 2021-22

Please email the completed forms to the office

Application form for winter permit

Application form for day permit


COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES

Any commercial activity that takes place on the Forest requires a licence/permit and is subject to a fee or charge

Fees and charges for 2021-2022

Licences and permits


MODEL AIRCRAFT & DRONES

Summary of licence for flying model aircraft.

Drones are strictly prohibited.

OFF-ROAD CYCLING

Off road cycling is not permitted on Ashdown Forest and is a breach of Bye-law 2.


ASHDOWN FOREST CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN 2016-2020


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)

Ashdown Forest Videos

 

 

Public Consultation on Car Park Charging

 

Please participate in this consultation on the proposed introduction of car park charging on Ashdown Forest.

Please read the Information Sheet below before completing the questionnaire.

QR Code for car park consultation

WAYS TO TAKE PART IN THE CONSULTATION

Complete and submit the on-line questionnaire

Completed questionnaires must be submitted by 6th December 2021.

A printable copy of the questionnaire is available to download below. Please consider the environment before printing the questionnaire. The questionnaire will also be available from Wealden District Council Offices and Parish Councils.

Paper copies can be requested by email [email protected] or phone 01342 823583 (Monday to Friday). Every effort will be made to provide questionnaires in other formats or languages if requested.

Completed hard copies of the questionnaire should be returned by 6th December 2021 to the Ashdown Forest Centre, Colemans Hatch Road, Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JP.

All completed questionnaires received, including questionnaires sent by email or letter, will contribute to the outcomes of the consultation. Other responses to the consultation will be considered but not included in the analysis and findings.

Additional Documents

  1. Business Case
  2. DPIA and Privacy Policy
  3. Feasibility Study
  4. Board Minutes

 


 

Ashdown Forest Vision & Management Strategy 2021-31

 

Gills Lap by Craig Payne

 

Ashdown Forest Vision & Management Strategy sets out five priorities that meet our binding obligations to protect and enhance the unique heathland environment of Ashdown Forest whilst also delivering on our commitment to providing the largest open-access, wildlife-rich place in the Southeast.


 

About 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.

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. 

 


The Official Ashdown Forest Map and Walks Maps

Click here to download the Official Map of Ashdown Forest, The Clumps Walk 2020 and all 13 self-guided mapped walks.


Visitor Centre

Opening hours dependent on volunteer cover - weekends only from November to March

Toilets open 9am-4:30pm (weekdays); 11am-4:30pm (weekends & BHs)

Car parks - Postcodes and what3words can be found here

Coach parking for Forest Centre:

Broadstone car park (RH18 5JP) should be used by larger coaches.

Questions? Check our Visitor FAQ's and Management FAQ's

Email: [email protected]


DOGS AND DOG WALKING

Commercial Dog Walking - Licence Application Form

Important advice for walkers' safety around livestock

Livestock Worrying

 

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