About the Group

We are a group of enthusiasts who research the historical geography of Ashdown Forest, focusing particularly on the people who have lived and worked there, and their impact on it, and the impact that the forest has, in turn, had on them. Articles by members of the group have appeared in Ashdown Forest News (the magazine of the Society of the Friends of Ashdown Forest) and other publications. We also hold periodic exhibitions of our work and give talks on Forest history. Click here for a background note about the Group (PDF). We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest.

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 that are commemorated on the war memorials at Forest Row and Hartfield. There are 113 studies in total.

Click here to go to the Group's dedicated First World War website, which makes the case studies available online. This is probably the easiest way of accessing the case studies. Alternatively, the studies are available for download in the following two compilation documents (both large PDFs):

Click here to read an article, Researching the Men of Ashdown Forest who Fell in the First World War, which describes how the research project was undertaken and highlights some key features that have emerged from the 113 case studies.


The following articles are available for downloading:

A number of illustrated booklets, which collate exhibits from the group's two exhibitions at Ashdown Forest Centre in 2015 and 2017, are also available for download:

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 may be interested in contributing to our projects as well as carrying out their own research. There is no membership charge. If you are interested in joining the group please email us.

How to contact us

If you wish to contact the Group please email us.


All the the group's publications are copyright © Ashdown Forest Research Group unless otherwise specified.

This page revised and corrected 10-12-2018.


1AF Life, 15, Spring/Summer 2013, p.10 & AF Life,16, Autumn/Winter 2013, p.8 (article split and edited)  ;  2AF Life, 15, Spring/Summer 2013, p.10  ;  3AF Life, 16, Autumn/Winter 2013, p.9  ;  4AF News, 65, Autumn 2013, p.10  ;  5AF News, 67, Autumn/Winter 2014, p.9  ;  6AF Life [TBC]  ;  7AF volunteers' newsletter, 27-01-2015  ;  8AF News, 68, Spring 2015, p.11  ;  9AF News, Spring 2016 ;  10AF News, Autumn/Winter 2016   11AF News, Spring 2017   12AF News, Autumn/Winter 2017   13AF News, Autumn/Winter 2018