Old Lodge

Open vistas of heather, with areas of pine woodland, set in the Ashdown Forest

Old Lodge lies in the heart of Ashdown Forest, and its character is subtly, but noticeably, different from the true lowland heath of Iping Common. The geology is slightly different, but more importantly it sits about 500 feet higher, and that’s enough to make it markedly cooler. Old Lodge has something of the ‘feel’ of a place one might associate with the north west of Britain.

Old Lodge Car Park on Ashdown Forest

The Conservators of Ashdown Forest own the car park that many of our members and visitors use when visiting Old Lodge nature reserve near Maresfield in East Sussex. Charges to park in the Old Lodge car park now apply.

In 2021, The Conservators ran a public consultation on their plans to introduce parking charges throughout their 40 car parks across the Ashdown Forest.

Sussex Wildlife Trust requested a waiver for our members using the Old Lodge car park but sadly this was not granted. 

We do not charge our members, supporters or the public an entrance fee to visit any of our 32 nature reserves across Sussex and this will continue. Sadly, the car park at Old Lodge is outside of our control.

We do hope that the parking payments are not deterring our members from visiting this beautiful nature reserve.

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