The Staff and Conservators of Ashdown Forest are deeply saddened to announce that our Chief Executive James Adler has died unexpectedly.

James joined Ashdown Forest in January 2021 and in his short time here, he has been instrumental in developing the vision for Ashdown Forest’s future, focusing on the protection and enhancement of this unique landscape. James was passionate about the Forest and had been working on a strategy to safeguard Ashdown Forest and its biodiversity for future generations.

James dedicated his time to helping visitors enjoy everything the Forest has to offer and was leading a team that shares his enthusiasm and energy. His leadership, knowledge and passion will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.

Our thoughts are with James’s partner Jenny, his family and friends and we would ask that their privacy be respected at this sad time.

James Adler