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Anyone interested in the conservation of this beautiful place should become a Friend. Many also become volunteers and help in a practical way with the conservation work.

dartford warblerSupport from the Friends has enabled the Conservators to buy back parcels of land to add back into the Forest and also to contribute to the on-going programme of capital expenditure such as the purchase of vehicles, radio systems and other equipment which help maintain this unique and marvellous place.

The Friends also run a programme of talks, meetings and walks to encourage conservation and the peaceful enjoyment of the Forest and, through ‘Ashdown Forest News’, which is free to Friends, cover issues of current and future importance acting as a strong influence against threats to the environment such as planning proposals which could affect the Forest.

So PLEASE become a Friend of Ashdown Forest TODAY and help us in the on-going work to protect this very special place. A monthly donation of as little as £2 is all it takes to help us continue this unique and valuable work and you will know that you are making a direct contribution towards the conservation of this priceless inheritance.

ashdown forest - connections with poohCONNECTIONS WITH POOH
A.A.Milne lived in London but at weekends he and the family would come down to a farmhouse in Hartfield. Accompanying them in the car would be his son Christopher’s teddy bear Winnie, named after a real bear in London Zoo. When Milne was pressed to write another children’s book he used Winnie-the-Pooh and other toys from the nursery as the characters in the now world famous adventures.

The setting for the stories was the area of Ashdown Forest close to the farmhouse. Pooh Sticks Bridge, the ‘100 Aker Wood’ and all the other landmarks are still here with Hartfield still at the centre of what is now a global phenomenon.

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