Commoners are assessed for a Forest Rate dependent upon the acreage of their holding (shown on the rate demand). Rates are levied annually as from 1 April, after approval from the Secretary of State for the Environment and payment is a statutory requirement. Payments can be made by cash, cheque (made payable to The Conservators of Ashdown Forest) credit card (in person or over the phone) or BACS. The Ashdown Forest Act 1974 (Section 30) allows the Conservators to recover non-payment through the courts and the County Solicitor manages debt collection and the serving of County Court Judgement Papers.

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