Spring Eexhibition Poster

Our new exhibition at the Ashdown Forest Centre will tell the story of how in the 1980s Ashdown Forest was threatened with being broken up and sold to private buyers, and how a public fundraising campaign saved it for posterity. Postponed due to the pandemic, it will now open in Spring 2022. Click here for more info.



Map of Ashdown Forest

We are a group of enthusiasts who research the historical geography of Ashdown Forest, an extensive area of ancient common land situated in the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty in Sussex. We focus particularly on the people who have lived and worked on the Forest, and their impact on it, and the impact that the forest has, in turn, had on them.

First World War Studies

The Group recently completed a major project to write case studies on all those men who fell in the First World War and who are commemorated on the war memorials at Forest Row, Hartfield and Coleman's Hatch. There are 113 studies in total.

Click here to go to the Group's dedicated First World War website, where you can read the studies online.
Click here for an article that discusses key findings from our research.


Articles by members of the group have appeared in Ashdown Forest News (the magazine of the Friends of Ashdown Forest) and other publications. Click here to view a list of publications, which are all available for download.

About the Group

Click here to read a background note about the Group (PDF).

Joining the Group

The research group meets eight times a year, usually on Tuesday mornings, at the Ashdown Forest Centre. We welcome enthusiastic new researchers who would like to get involved in our projects. There is no membership charge. If you are interested and would like more information please email us.

How to contact us

Please send us an email.

This page updated 10-10-2021