Spring Exhibition Poster

The Sale of Ashdown Forest
Our latest exhibition in the Information Barn at the Ashdown Forest Centre tells 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.




Map of Ashdown Forest

We are an independent group of enthusiasts who research the history of Ashdown Forest, an extensive area of ancient common land situated in the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty in Sussex.


The Crash of a Wellington Bomber on the Forest in WWII

The group has been researching the crash of a Wellington bomber on Ashdown Forest on 31 July 1941 which resulted in the deaths of all six crew members. The site is now marked by a memorial, The Airman's Grave. For more about the project, and our appeal for witness testimonies, please click here.

First World War Studies

To mark the centenary of the First World War the Group undertook a major project to write case studies on all the men who fell in the war and who are commemorated on the war memorials at Forest Row, Hartfield and Coleman's Hatch. There are 113 studies in total. You can read them online here.


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, all of which are available for download.

About the Group

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

Joining the Group

We meet about every six weeks, 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 contact us by email.


This website was last updated (and dead links repaired) on 08-12-2022.