Ashdown Forest in East Sussex featured on BBC1’s Countryfile last Sunday evening.

THE iconic Ashdown Forest in East Sussex was featured on BBC1’s Countryfile yesterday  evening.

Presenters Matt Baker and Charlotte Smith have visited the Forest and spent a day exploring the many attractions.

The programme will include:

  •  Matt on a bear hunt with Pooh fanatic and local museum creator Neil Reed to learn about the life of writer AA Milne and the forest’s magical landmarks that feature in his amazing stories
  •  Spotlight on a group of volunteers who protect the forest’s precious lowland heaths
  •  Charlotte on a hunt for deer as she teams up with High Weald’s deer management co-ordinator Sandy Williamson
  • And Matt and Charlotte having a game of Pooh Sticks on the world famous Pooh Sticks Bridge.

Matt Pearson, CEO at Ashdown Forest, said: “We are thrilled to be featuring on BBC1 Countryfile at prime time on Sunday evening.

“It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Matt, Charlotte and the rest of the team to the Forest for the day.

“We had so much to show them – after all, it is a great place to visit with so much on offer, whatever time of year.”

The show is screening on Sunday at 6pm. You can catch up via iPlayer.

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Ashdown Forest

Countryfile

It’s been a century since a fictional bear called Winnie-the-Pooh made his first ever appearance in the children’s poetry book When We Were Very Young. One hundred years later, Matt Baker and Charlotte Smith have come to Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh’s magical home, 100 Aker Wood, to learn more about this ancient woodland and its infamous honey-loving bear. After a game of Pooh sticks with Charlotte on the real-life Pooh Sticks Bridge, Matt goes on a bear hunt with Pooh fanatic and local museum curator Neil Reed to hear about the life of writer AA Milne and the forest’s magical landmarks that feature in his iconic stories.

Matt also joins a group of volunteers who are protecting the forest’s precious lowland heaths. Charlotte goes on a hunt of her own – for deer – as she teams up with High Weald’s deer management co-ordinator Sandy Williamson, who uses military grade drones to count deer populations in the forest, as part of innovative tactics to manage their numbers.

In the Cotswolds, Adam Henson is doing his bit to reverse the decline of hedgerows in the countryside, and Charlotte investigates how housebuilders in England are going to have to start improving the environment when they build new homes.

 

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  • Peter Lindsey

    PETER Lindsey is a PR specialist, having worked in the local media in Sussex as a Newspaper Editor from 1990 to 2009. He is a now a Director at Ignite PRE and is also Editor of Bournefree Magazine online and in print, which covers Eastbourne and Hailsham areas.

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