Free forest bus trip for Uckfield wanderers

Leyland National Vintage Bus
Leyland National Vintage Bus

If you go down to the woods on Saturday take the bus, say organisers of a special free trip tomorrow (Saturday).

The Ashdown Forest Explorer is providing a free trip to Ashdown Forest from Uckfield.

The bus – a pedigree Leyland National Vintage special – leaves Uckfield Railway Station at 10.30am.

So people can leave the car at home for a totally relaxing September day out.

The bus will take visitors to the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre where they can find out more about the fascinating wildlife and landscape of this internationally designated area, or enjoy a walk in the Forest – either at their own pace or join a guided walk with a Forest Ranger.

The bus pops over to the Ashdown Forest Llama Park at 1pm where travellers can visit the cafe or see the Llama Park at a special reduced entrance fee.

At 3pm, the bus leaves Ashdown Forest to get back to Uckfield Railway Station in time for the 3.34pm London train.

Cllr Barry Marlowe, of the Wealden Bus Alliance, said: “It promises to be a great day out. You’ll be doing the local wildlife a favour by leaving the car behind and helping protect this beautiful habitat for future generations.

“Stagecoach, Metrobus and Wealdlink provide regular bus services from local mainline stations to Ashdown Forest. More information is available from Wealden Bus Alliance website,”

The Sussex Community Rail Partnership is working with the alliance to reduce the impact of nitrogen emissions on the forest. Nitrogen from car exhausts can increase fertility in this naturally occurring lowland heath, destroying its traditional habitat.