Brooms, fungi, dogs and a secret camp on Ashdown Forest

The Ashdown Forest is a hive of activity this month. The popular pop up cafe runs through half term on Octover 26-November 2 - well behaved dogs and children are welcome, they say.

On Wednesday, October 30 from 11am the Forest Centre holds its annual free fungi identification day in the information barn. People are invited to walk on the Forest or potter round their gardens and bring in their fungi finds.

There’s a free fun camp building day in a secret location (maps from the Forest Centre) so you can take a tarp, blanket, picnic and drink and mess about in the woods. Also besom broom making demos from local resident Stan Card - whose family has made brooms for generations.

The Dogs Trust will be at the Forest Centre offering free microchipping on Friday, November 1 from noon to 4pm. Microchipping will be compulsory for all dog owners in England, the Government says - welcomed by animal welfare groups everywhere. No booking is needed for this service - just turn up with your dog.

Finally an opportunity to meet and chat with your local police community support officer and discuss local policing issues and neighbourhood concerns on Friday, November 1 from noon.