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Help protect Ashdown Forest – home of Winnie-the-Pooh

Date : 21 July 2022


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is working with the Ashdown Forest rangers to help protect Ashdown Forest during the continuing hot weather.

The forest, which inspired the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh, is tinder dry, raising the risk of wildfires to severe.

With the number of visitors expected to increase as school terms end and the weekend beckons, our firefighters have joined up with Ashdown Forest rangers to help people enjoy the area safely, considerately and following bye-laws.

Some activities are prohibited by the bye-laws to protect the Forest. These include:

  • Off-road cycling/motorcycling/quad bike/carriages and other wheeled vehicles
  • Camping and overnight stays in car parks
  • BBQs/Campfires/cooking stoves
  • Erecting tents, gazebos or other structures without permission
  • Use of Metal detectors
  • Use of drones

 

Other parts of the UK have seen devastating fires and the Service is urging the publc to do all they can to prevent it happening here.

Top Tips 

If you are out enjoying exercise or having a picnic in the countryside, check out our top tips:-

  • Sunlight shining through glass can start large fires - take glass bottles/jars home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
  • Have a picnic not a BBQ 
  • Obey safety signs
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows 

 

If you see a fire in the countryside dial 999 immediately

  • Move away from the fire and smoke as quickly and safely as possible.
  •  Give a map reference if possible or landmark and wait for the arrival of the fire appliance or ranger in a safe location near a road or carpark. We are also able to use the location app What3Word to find you.
  • Estimate the size of the fire if possible
  • Don't tackle fires yourself. Always leave it to the professionals

 

If you have information about illegal fire setting and those responsible please report them (anonymous) to Crimestoppers online or by phone on 0800 555 111  


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