The family, friends and colleagues of former Ashdown Forest CEO, James Adler, will walk 111km to raise funds for Ashdown Forest. All are warmly invited to join the last 2km, to be followed by a celebration gathering on the Forest on Sunday 28th April.

James Adler was the former Chief Executive of Ashdown Forest. James died suddenly in May 2023 at the age of 42. In the relatively short time that he was in role, James was instrumental in developing the vision for Ashdown Forest’s future, focusing on the protection and enhancement of its 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. He was also deeply involved in establishing and growing the Weald to Waves project, a nature recovery corridor across Sussex that is vital to forging connections for our fragmented wildlife and boosting biodiversity alongside food production and thriving communities.

James’ Walk

In memory of James, a group of his family, friends and colleagues will walk 111km along the Weald to Waves corridor, starting at Climping beach on the south coast on Thursday 25th April and ending with a memorial gathering on Ashdown Forest at 2pm on Sunday 28th April.

The walk will shine a light on the Weald to Waves project and will also raise funds for The Ashdown Forest Foundation (registered charity no. 1183829) to support projects on the Forest that were particularly close to James’ heart. Donations can be made at

Join the last 2km and a celebration of his life

All who wish to remember and celebrate James’ life are warmly invited to join the gathering at Friends clump on Ashdown Forest at 2pm on Sunday 28th April. Additionally, those wishing to walk the last 2km with the walkers can join them at Millbrook East car park on the A22*, ready to set off promptly at 1pm. James loved wearing his blue and yellow woollen bobble hat when out walking, so the walkers will all be wearing bobble hats too. Walkers are invited to wear a bobble hat too, if they would like. The terrain is steep and could be muddy in places, so unfortunately the walk is not suitable for wheelchairs and those with mobility challenges.

Information about the walkers’ epic trek is available to follow online at

* Parking information

Parking for the last 2km of the walk is available at Millbrook East on the A22, north of Nutley (TN22 3HW, what3words: specifies.caramel.snacks)

If full, alternative parking is available at:
Millbrook West: A22, TN22 3HW, what3words: lined.forever.panoramic

Vachery: TN22 3HW, what3words: spell.plums.gallons

Parking for the celebration gathering is available at Friends car park off the Crowborough Road (TN22 3HU, what3words: divisible.chuckling.mason).

If full, alternative parking is available at the following car parks along the same road:

Box (TN22 3HU, what3words: starts.arrive.breached)
Hollies (TN22 3HU, what3words: statement.orchids.clearing),
Ellisons Pond (TN22 3HU, what3words: beginning.gadget.themes)

Parking charges will NOT apply in the car parks listed here for the duration of the last 2km walk, celebration gathering, and the return walk to the car parks.