Changing Places at Ashdown Forest – better access for disabled people and their carers

Ashdown Forest has been made more accessible for people who live with severe disabilities after the opening of a new toilet facility, complete with specialist equipment.

The new facility located at the Forest Centre in Coleman’s Hatch was opened by the Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani. It is one of 1900 state of the art toilets across England, funded by the Government’s Changing Places programme.

Wealden District Council was awarded money in the last funding round and chose Ashdown Forest as one of the locations, where previously visitors had little or no access to specialist facilities.

Left to Right: Jason Lavender (Co Director High Weald National Landscape Partnership), Brinley Campbell (Wealden Rehab Ltd), Nusrat Ghani (MP and Minister of State for Industry and Economic Security) and Mark Pearson (CEO Ashdown Forest).

Nusrat Ghani MP said:

“I’m pleased that Wealden has secured a share of the Government’s latest round of funding, and that the Ashdown Forest Centre has been chosen as one of the locations to benefit from this investment. The Ashdown Forest is the jewel in Wealden countryside, enjoyed by many local residents, schools and tourists all year round. It is key all visitors have access to the facilities they need and this new Changing Places toilet, complete with specialist equipment, will ensure that the Forest continues to be a welcoming destination and accessible for all.”

Ashdown Forest Countryside Manager Ash Walmsley said:

“We are really pleased to have one of the Changing Places facilities at the Centre. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to enjoy the Forest – without the fear of whether they are going to be able to access the facilities they need.”

Right: Ashley Walmsley (Countryside Manager Ashdown Forest).