High Weald


Your High Weald; Your Views

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The High Weald AONB Management Plan is the single most important document for the area and there is a statutory duty to review it every five years.

It sets out a vision for the kind of place we want the High Weald to be in years to come and, crucially, some of the activities that a range of bodies and local people could take to achieve that vision.

A new Plan is being prepared by the High Weald AONB Partnership, working on behalf of the area’s 15 local authorities. The Plan will be in place for 5 years, from April 2019 to March 2024.

The Plan is informed by research and the many conversations the Partnership has had with organisations, farmers, businesses, community groups and residents over the last 25 years. In 2017 we also undertook a public survey and ran workshops to guide the drafting of the Plan.

Now we want to know what you think of the Plan.


Between 13 June and 25 July 2018 we will be collecting your feedback on the Draft High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019-2024.

We would particularly welcome your views on the sections of the plan we have highlighted in green:

  • The area’s character - have we identified what makes the area distinctive and special to you?
  • What needs to be done – have we identified the activities that would most benefit the landscape and its communities over the coming five years?

The remainder of the Plan is largely factual; please submit any comments in the ‘other’ section of the downloadable form.

How to provide feedback

If you only have 5 minutes...
Please let us know if you agree with the summary of the area’s character and what needs to be done using our online form.

Submit comments on the summary using the online form

If you have longer...
Please view or download an electronic copy of the whole plan (and supporting statutory assessments) and submit your comments using the downloadable form.

Download the Draft High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019-2024
Download the document Consultation Response Form (292 KB)
Download the supporting statutory assessments

Please send your completed Consultation Response Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to High Weald AONB Partnership, Hastings Road, Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR.

If you are unable to download the Plan it can be viewed in local authority council offices, in libraries across the area, at the Ashdown Forest Visitors Centre and at our office at Flimwell.

View a map of locations where you can view a hard copy of the Draft Plan.

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If you are unable to download and print the Consultation Response Form you can leave feedback in 2 other ways:

1. Email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
2. Write to: Sally Marsh, AONB Director, High Weald Joint Advisory Committee, Hastings Road, Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR.

Please indicate which page you are referring to when making your comments.

What happens next

A report with a response to each comment will be produced for approval at the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee meeting in November 2018. This report will be available on www.highweald.org after the meeting.

Following adoption of the Plan by the area’s 15 local authorities the new Plan will be published in April 2019.

More information

Current Management Plan
Supporting statutory assessments
Public Survey 2018
Consultation Workshop reports 2018