Commoners have the right (under the Ashdown Forest Act 1974 amended by Section 89 of the East Sussex Act 1981) to vote in the election of Commoner Conservators, or indeed stand for any election should they so wish. The Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest consists of 16 members. Nine are appointed by East Sussex County Council, one of whom represents the Lord of the Manor (Ashdown Forest Trust), two by Wealden District Council and five are elected by the Commoners, of whom four must be Commoners. Each Commoner Conservator stands for five years and is elected at the yearly Annual Meeting (in March). Postal voting is possible for those Commoners unable to attend. There is no proxy voting. To find out more about Commoner's meetings and elections click here

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