The Ashdown Forest is on our doorstep, offering stunning surroundings for our new Eco Centre. Offering great food & a range of goods that are sourced on or around the Forest – we want to become a new destination for all visitors to the Forest, showcasing the very best of this beautiful area.
We understand that this will be a journey that will take years, but given that this site has been part of the Ashdown Forest community since 1966 we think that we have a great position to build on.
With the upcoming centenary celebration of Winnie the Pooh, the three owners flanked by a wonderful team, are working tirelessly to upgrade & modernise the site over the coming years.
THE KITCHEN GARDEN
We are planning to launch a kitchen garden in 2024 to grow the majority of the vegetables, herbs & root vegetables that we will serve in The Kitchen – our onsite restaurant.
THE FOREST GARDEN
Our head of horticulture has been planning a Forest garden for years but never had the location. Forest gardening is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans
HYDROPONICS & AQUAPONICS
Our greenhouse gives us a wonderful location to build a large hydroponics system that will support us & the local community with salads, herbs & micro herbs. We launched a small hydroponics system in July 2023 to show our customers our intentions & to supply The Kitchen.
ASHDOWN FOREST INFORMATION CENTRE
With our deep links into the Forest community, we think we are in a great place to provide information on many aspects of the Forest. Information on great walks, must see locations & other destinations to visit while in the area. We also have a strong interest in growing plants & flora that are native to the area as these are great plants for gardens in the area – perfectly suited to the soil & terroir.
#destinationbabylon will be at the core of our initiatives & plans to develop our location over the coming years.
Babylon Eco Centre in East Sussex is based in the Ashdown Forest. Visit us for delicious food and find inspiration and plants for your garden.