An exciting programme of discovery as you explore local areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Ashdown Forest, Eridge Rocks and Crowborough’s very own Country Park.
Expert speakers will provide fascinating insights into the world of Richard Jefferies, a Victorian writer of country life, who stayed awhile in Crowborough. The programme also includes speakers from the Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as well as local photographer Dave Brooker.
For all free events please book your tickets in advance as only a number of limited places available.
See the full programme with dates below.
Wednesday 3rd May
Ashdown Forest: Through the Lens ( Free Event)
Venue: Crowborough Community Centre
A photographic presentation by well-known local photographer, Dave Brooker, who has built a reputation over the years for fine images of Ashdown Forest and the surrounding area. The afternoon will also include some practical photo advice and discussion.
Thursday 4 May
Exploring Eridge Rocks ( Free event)
Time: 2.30 – 5pm
This ancient woodland with towering sandstone rocks looks like a scene from the Lost World. Join Michael Blencowe from the Sussex Wildlife Trust on a wildlife walk around Eridge Rocks; a nature reserve rich in wildlife and atmosphere.
Eridge Rocks is located in Eridge Green four miles Northeast of Crowborough. From the A26 turn into Warren Farm Lane whose entrance is next to a small church. Continue up the track to a small car park.
Thursday 4 May
Lost Birds & Lost Worlds (Free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre Loft Room
Time: 7.30 – 9pm
An illustrated talk telling the story of extinct birds, heroic naturalists, whistling Maoris, Hawaiian Kings and feather thieves. Join Michael Blencowe on his search for the beautiful Huia, the clumsy Spectacled Cormorant and other lost birds we’ll never see again.
Wednesday 10 May
Wildlife Walk at Old Lodge Ashdown Forest (a Free event)
Join Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust on a circular walk as we search for butterflies, birds and other wildlife at the Trust’s heathland reserve on Ashdown Forest.
Meet in the Old Lodge car park off the B2026 north of Duddleswell (nearest postcode TN22 3JD)
Thursday 11 May
Richard Jefferies: Man of nature (Free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre, Loft Room
Richard Jefferies (1848 – 1887) is best known for his writings about nature and the countryside. In 1885, he moved to Crowborough because of its reputation as a health resort. In failing health at this time, he stayed first at Jarvis Brook and later at The Downs, London Road. Some of his most beautiful essays were written during his stay.
Speaker: John Price, Chairman of the Richard Jefferies Society
Guided walks through Crowborough’s Country Park
Wednesday 10th May 7.30am
Saturday 13th May 7.00am
Tuesday 16th May 7.00am
Listen to bird song and identify birds as you stroll through the park guided by Martin Allison a local naturalist, who for many years worked for the RSPB and was instrumental in the purchase and restoration of the RSPB’s Broadwater Warren reserve.
Crowborough Country Park is a sixteen acre local nature reserve. It is the perfect place for a peaceful walk or a family picnic. An undulating circular stone track meanders through the site amongst tall trees, ponds and a picnic area. The deep rocky gorge is a main feature of the site.
A diverse mosaic of habitats are present in the park including dry and wet woodland, remnant ancient coppice, wet marshy areas, streams, grassy and heathy glades, ponds, rock outcrops & slippages. The main stream on site runs through a steep rocky gorge before flowing through areas of ancient hazel and ash coppice and there is also a carpet of bluebells in the spring. These habitats form homes for a wide variety of flora and fauna including the nationally rare moss Discelium nudum.
Sunday 21 May
Crowborough’s Boundary Walk
No need to book this event – just turn up! Full details at http://www.crowboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk
Thursday 25 May – (free event)
Broadwater Warren: How to make a nature reserve
An illustrated talk by Alan Loweth of the RSPB
Venue: Millbrook Loft
Time; 2.30 – 4pm including interval
OUT & ABOUT FOR HEALTHY LIVING
High Weald Walkers, the Crowborough-based walking group affiliated to the Ramblers’ Association, runs member-led walks of varying distances every week, initially meeting at Pine Grove car park. The walks are on Sunday afternoons and Tuesdays when there is a choice of a morning walk (approx 5 miles) or two longer walks (7-9 miles and up to 12 miles). Full details of distances and walk venues with meeting times (and other information) can be obtained from the website highwealdwalkers.org.uk. from a few days before each walk.