Welcome to the unique world of Ashdown Forest,
the jewel at the centre of the High Weald.

Forthcoming Friends’ Events

Please email ashdownfriends@aol.com for more information or to book a place.

Saturday, 27th May 2023  Plant Sale and Pop-Up Café

10.30am – 12.30pm at the Ashdown Forest Centre
Please note there will be no car park charges at either the Forest Centre or Broadstone Car Parks for the duration of the event that morning.

Thursday, 29th June 2023  A Nightjar Walk with the Ashdown Forest Bird Group

9.00pm Goat Car Park. A twilight walk searching for Nightjars.
Uneven ground in this location in places. Stout footwear and torches essential.

Wednesday, 12th July 2023  A Guided Tour of Sackville College Almshouse

2.00pm at Sackville College East Grinstead

Founded in 1609 by Robert Sackville, this Almshouse is a splendid example of Jacobean architecture and is still in use as an Almshouse today. The Victorian Warden and hymnologist, the Rev. John Mason Neale, wrote hymns and carols in the Study, including the words for the carol “Good King Wencelas”.

Numbers are limited to 30 for this tour which will last approximately one hour. A donation of £5 per head is requested on the day which will include refreshments to be provided at the end of the tour. Please email ashdownfriends@aol.com to book a place.

Tuesday, 22nd August 2023  A Talk by Michael Blencowe, “Butterflies of Sussex”

2.00pm in the Education Barn.

Tuesday, 12th September 2023 and Tuesday, 19th September 2023
Visits to Kingstanding Radio Station

6.30pm for 6.45pm start both evenings

We have arranged two visits to this fascinating site to see the remains of the World War II radio station and the nuclear bunker dating from the Cold War. The site is currently used by Sussex Police as a training facility. Numbers will be limited to 12 for each visit. Please email ashdownfriends@aol.com to book a place.

Thursday, 9th November 2023  Fungi Walk with Martin Allison

Start time and venue to be confirmed.