Title: Ashdown Forest
Description: Located on the High Weald and covering 14,000 acres (5600 hectares), Ashdown Forest is one of the major recreation areas in south-east England. Covered by a mixture of woodland and heathland, visitors to the forest can make use of picnic benches and tables, are able to roam freely, can take in the fine views and may even catch a glimpse of wild deer which breed here.
Address: , , Nr East Grinstead, East Sussex
Located on the high ridges of The Weald and covering 14,000 acres (5600 hectares), Ashdown Forest is one of the major recreation areas in south-east England; its use is governed by the Ashdown Forest Act of 1974.
Entirely covered by dense woodland in the fourteenth century, the iron industry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with its thrust for fire, meant that much of the forest was cut down. This created vast expanses of heathland, although there are still plenty of trees to be found; the heath is slowly being reclaimed by the forest through natural regeneration and managed conservancy.
Soon after the Restoration of the Monarchy, an area of 7600 acres (3100 hectares) of forest was enclosed and given to the loyal supporters of the king. The remaining forest was made available as common land where the public could graze their animals, although little of this practice takes place today.
Ashdown Forest is also the home of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and all his other friends. Posingford Wood and Five Hundred Acre Wood are just south of Hartfield, the town where the author A.A. Milne lived and the bridge where Christopher Robin and Pooh played 'Poohsticks' can be found on a footpath running from Posingford Wood to just south of Upper Hartfield.
Visitors to the forest can make use of picnic benches and tables, are able to roam freely, can take in the fine views and may even catch a glimpse of wild deer which breed here.