Spring Eexhibition Poster

Our next 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. More info.



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 Airman's Grave and the Crash on the Forest of a Wellington Bomber in July 1941

The group is carrying out research into 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, which is the focus of an annual remembrance ceremony. For more about the project, and our appeal for further 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 send us an email.

How to contact us

Please contact us by email.


This page was last updated on 08-11-2021.