Pooh Bridge in the Ashdown Forest, Sussex is world famous as the home of poohsticks.
Having featured in the Winnie the Pooh stories and films, the Bridge receives thousands of Pooh fans every year causing major disruption to local people. The existing footpaths and parking areas were just not able to cope with this level of visitors.
The owners asked Oliver Holmes, our country house and rural affairs expert, to help. Oliver has since co-ordinated a major re-organisation of the footpaths and bridleways leading to the bridge, together with the construction of a new visitors car park. Oliver commented, “Diversion orders can be quite controversial and, in this case, there was the added sensitivity of the Forest being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, together with a need for works to the Ancient Pale or fence which originally enclosed the Forest in the 13th Century”. Working closely with East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council, Oliver prepared the legal agreements necessary for the stopping-up and diversion of the highway rights and the new facilities have recently opened to much acclaim in the local and national press.
In addition to the improvements for the public, Oliver’s clients have also benefited from a significant decrease in disturbance to the footpaths close to their home.
And so visitors can continue to join Pooh standing on the bottom rail of the bridge watching the river slipping slowly away and “…you will certainly know everything there is to be known…” Tiddeley-pom.
For more information about the above, or about Comercial property, please contact Oliver Holmes.