Crowborough Community Festival

posted 23 Apr 2017, 02:13 by Sue Bamblett

Don't forget to book your tickets for our Walks and Talks events. The Festival kicks off on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May. 

Walks and Talks - Nature Walks

posted 26 Jan 2017, 07:33 by Sue Bamblett   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 02:02 ]

Professor Challenger challenges YOU to undertake a guided nature walk.

“You are in a land which offers such an inducement to the ambitious naturalist as none ever has since the world began, and you suggest leaving it before we have acquired more than the most superficial knowledge of it or of its contents. I expected better things of you.”

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Exploring Eridge Rocks with Michael Blencowe (free event)

Thursday 4th May Time: 2.30 - 5.00 pm
From the A26 turn into Warren Farm Lane (entrance next to small church). Continue up track to a small car park.
Pre-book online in advance

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.

…we were within seven miles from an enormous line of ruddy cliffs, which encircled, beyond all doubt, the plateau of which Professor Challenger spoke. Their height, as we approached them, seemed to me in some places to be greater than he had stated – running up in parts to at least a thousand feet – and they were curiously striated, in a manner which is, I believe, characteristic of basaltic upheavals…. The crags above us were not merely perpendicular, but curved outwards at the top, so that ascent was out of the question… we determined that our best course was to continue to coast around the plateau in the hope of finding some other means of reaching the top.

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Guided walks through Crowborough Country Park with Martin Alison

This walk is offered on: Wednesday 10th May 07.30, Saturday 13th May 07.00 and Tuesday 16th May 07.00 (walk is approx. two hours)
Meet in Country Park Car Park 
Pre-book online in advance

Crowborough Country Park is a sixteen acre local nature reserve. It’s 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.

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.

Wildlife Walk at Old Lodge Ashdown Forest with Michael Blencowe (free event)

Wednesday 10th May Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Meet in the Old Lodge car park off the B2026 north of Duddleswell (nearest postcode TN22 3JD) 
Pre-book online in advance

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.

An enormous three-toed track was imprinted in the soft mud before us. The creature, whatever it was, had crossed the swamp and had passed on into the forest. We all stopped to examine that monstrous spoor. If it were indeed a bird – and what animal could leave such a mark? – its foot was so much larger than an ostrich’s that its height upon the same scale must be enormous.

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Walks and Talks - Nature Talks

posted 26 Jan 2017, 07:31 by Sue Bamblett   [ updated 23 Apr 2017, 02:04 ]

Attend our fascinating talks (you never know what may happen…) 

It was at this point that the sensation of the evening arose – a sensation so dramatic that it can never have been paralleled in the history of scientific gatherings…. All sound had hushed in the audience and everyone was absorbed in the spectacle before them.

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

'Ashdown Forest: Through the Lens'

Wednesday 3rd May Time: 2.30 - 3.30 pm (free event)
Venue: Crowborough Community Centre
Pre-book online in advance

A photographic presentation by well-known local photographer, Dave Brooker. Fine images of Ashdown Forest, plus practical photographic advice and discussion.

‘Lost Birds & Lost Worlds’

Thursday 4th May Time: 7.30 – 9pm (free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre, Loft Room
Pre-book online in advance 

An illustrated talk by Michael Blencowe telling the story of extinct birds, heroic naturalists, whistling Maoris, Hawaiian Kings and feather thieves. Join Michael on his search for the beautiful Huia, the clumsy Spectacled Cormorant and other lost birds we’ll never see 

Professor Challenger… stopped suddenly and pointed excitedly to the right. As he did so we saw, at a distance of a mile or so, something which appeared to be a huge gray bird flap slowly up from the ground and skim smoothly off, flying very low and straight, until it was lost among the tree-ferns.

“Did you see it?” cried Challenger, in exultation. “Summerlee, did you see it?”

His colleague was staring at the spot where the creature had disappeared.

“What do you claim that it was?” he asked.

“To the best of my belief, a pterodactyl.”

(Extract from The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle)

Richard Jefferies: Man of Nature

Thursday 11th May Time:  
2.30 - 3.30 pm (free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre, Loft Room 
Pre-book online in advance 

‘The voice of the cuckoo in his season travels on the zephyr, and the note comes to the most distant hill, and deep into the deepest wood.’

(Extract from Field and Hedgerow – last essays by Richard Jefferies)

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

 ‘Broadwater Warren - How To Make A Nature Reserve’ 

Thursday 25th May Time 2.30 - 4.00 pm including interval (free event)
Venue: Millbrook Garden Centre, Loft Room 
Pre-book online in advance 

Join Alan Loweth, of the RSPB for a talk on the RSPB’s Broadwater Warren nature reserve which is 10 years old this year. 

Broadwater Warren is set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty near to Royal Tunbridge Wells. Since the RSPB took over the reserve in 2007, major restoration works have taken place as part of a ten year project to return the Broadwater to its historic habitat of centuries ago: a wildlife
-rich mosaic of heathland and native woodland.

Threatened bird species like woodlark and nightjar have returned to the site, along with adders, bumblebees and butterflies. The pond is now a haven for dragonflies and frogs, visited by a kingfisher and heron, and the woodlands are being managed for vulnerable species like marsh tit and dormouse.

More information about Broadwater Warren may be found on the following link: 

Fungi Walk with Martin Allison

posted 11 Oct 2015, 04:44 by David Taplin

Did you know that fungi are more closely related to animals than plants?

Or that fungi reproduction happens by self-cloning or through sex with compatible partners?

If you want to know more and see some in the flesh you then you need to come and meet Martin Allison, Crowborough's resident  expert on Fungi (among other things).

Martin will be hosting a walk in Crowborough on the morning of Saturday 17th October.


For more information and to book a place (numbers are  restricted to 15),  please reply to Pat Arnold on

Palesgate Meadow

posted 20 Jun 2015, 05:16 by David Taplin   [ updated 20 Jun 2015, 09:36 ]

Please see latest NEWS relating to Palesgate Meadow  on  Wednesday 24th July 2015 at 2pm

No New Events

posted 16 May 2015, 09:53 by David Taplin

Unfortunately there are no events planned. Any new events will be listed here.

Bat Talk

posted 2 Jun 2014, 14:03 by David Taplin   [ updated 2 Jun 2014, 14:05 ]

A talk by Jenny Clark.  

 Saturday 9th August
 Bats and the work of the Sussex Bat Hospital - Crowborough Community Centre 2 pm
 An afternoon with Jenny Clark and her bat helpers. Entry £5, accompanying children free.
 tel. 01892 611414             


posted 4 Mar 2014, 14:09 by David Taplin

Unfortunately the talk by Jenny Clark of the Sussex Bat Hospital on Saturday 5th July has had to be cancelled. A new date will be announced.


posted 6 Oct 2013, 13:41 by David Taplin   [ updated 3 Jan 2014, 15:40 ]

 by Jenny Clark of the Sussex Bat Hospital.

Jenny’s talk will take place at the Crowborough Community Centre on Saturday 5th July at 2pm.

Hornshurst Forest Garden - 01/06/2013 - 11:00

posted 7 May 2013, 13:57 by Haley Whittall

Forest gardening is probably the world's oldest form of land use and was used in prehistoric times for producing food.  Originally used in tropical areas, the technique was adapted for use in our temperate climate In the 1960s by Robert Hart.

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production using the woodland ecosystem.  It makes use of companion planting, by intermixing fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables to grow in a succession of layers, to build a woodland habitat.

Crowborough Conservation has been undertaking reptile surveys at Hornshurst Wood near Rotherfield.  Doro Marden, one of the owners of the wood has invited Crowborough Conservation members to meet with her, the forester and the permaculture designer for an introductory walk and talk about this exciting project and how we can be involved.

Coffee and Cakes will be provided.

Meet at the car park at 11:00am Saturday June 1st.

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