As the summer and school holidays approach, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from near and far to the Forest.

We hope everyone enjoys their visit to Ashdown Forest this summer. To make the most of your visit and to help us care for this special place, please follow the Ashdown Forest Code .

If you are looking for alternative places to walk locally, there are local SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces) at Horsted Green, Walshes Park and East Court/Ashplats Wood.  These have been created by the local district councils to provide spaces nearer peoples’ homes where they can walk and exercise.

Summer works

During the summer months the work focus changes out on the heathland. Work is undertaken to control bracken and invasive species, as well as repairs and maintenance of the Forest infrastructure.

Orchids, Marsh Gentian, Silver-studded Blue Butterfly and other key species are surveyed across the Forest, with the assistance of other organisations and volunteers.

As part of the management plan update, the habitat mapping of Ashdown Forest has been completed.  This will be used to carry out a carbon audit of the different habitats, which will demonstrate how much carbon is being captured by Ashdown Forest.  In November, we will be giving talks at local towns and villages to explain more about carbon sequestration and climate change.

Provisional dates for these talks are:

Tuesday 1st November – Uckfield

Monday 7th November – Forest Row

Thursday 17th November – Nutley

Friday 25th November – Crowborough

Tuesday 29th November – Fairwarp

More details will follow nearer the time and will be published on our website www.ashdownforest.org

Events

Details of all our events including Friends of Ashdown Forest and The Ashdown Forest Foundation events can be found on our website www.ashdownforest.org

July:

Thursday 7th  (7:45pm – 10:15pm) – Ashdown Forest at Twilight   – An opportunity to discover the nocturnal and shy wildlife that are active after dark.  Guided walk.  Booking essential.

Saturday 9th – Nightjar Experience – (8:30pm-10:30pm) – Join our expert guide for a presentation and walk on the Forest in search of the charismatic Nightjar.  Includes some locally made refreshments.  Booking essential.

Sunday 17th (11am-3pm) – East Grinstead Spinners will be demonstrating their traditional crafts at the Forest Centre

Monday 18th  (10am-11:30am)– Mini Explorers Toddlers Group.  Booking essential

August:

Monday 15th   (10am-11:30am) – Mini Explorers Toddlers Group.  Booking essential

Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th – Ashdown Forest Holiday Club

Friday 19th – Family Fridays on the Forest

Saturday 21st – East Grinstead Spinners will be demonstrating their traditional crafts at the Forest Centre

Saturday 21st – Winnie the Pooh Trail and Teddy Bears Picnic

Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th – Ashdown Forest Holiday Club

Friday 26th – Family Fridays on the Forest

Saturday 28th – Secrets of the Forest – Join our expert guide for a walk on the Forest and discover some of its seasonal highlights.  Includes some locally made refreshments.  Booking essential.

Saturday 28th – The Forest at Twilight – An opportunity to discover the nocturnal and shy wildlife that are active after dark.  Guided walk.  Booking essential.

Further details and booking information can be found on our website www.ashdownforest.org/events , on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theconservatorsofashdownforest or by contacting the office: conservators@ashdownforest.org   01342 823583 option 2

We are pleased to be hosting the launch of the High Weald Walking Festival at the Forest Centre on Saturday September 10th.  For more information about the walking festival visit https://www.highwealdwalks.org/   Further details about the launch event will be available later in the summer.

Board of Conservators forthcoming meetings

  • Programme Committee 3rd October 2022
  • Finance and Regulatory Committee 31st October 2022
  • Board 21st November 2022

All meetings are held at 14:00 at the Ashdown Forest Centre unless otherwise advertised.

Ashdown Forest Through the Seasons

Over the past two years, local photographer, Craig Payne, has recorded Ashdown Forest through the seasons in a series of photographs.  He has created a beautiful book, with over 100 of his photos, documenting Ashdown Forest as it changes through the year.

Craig is donating proceeds from the sale of the book to Ashdown Forest.  The book will be published in October and pre-orders can be placed through our website https://ashdownforest.org/shop/