New book explores the real places of Ashdown Forest which inspired AA Milne


As most people living in East Sussex will realise 100 Aker Wood part of the land inhabited by Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends is based on the real-life Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest.


Living at Cotchford Farm on the edge of Hartfield village, Milne was inspired by the beautiful landscape to use it as the setting for his stories.  Now to celebrate 90 years of Pooh, a new book journeys into the real places in the Ashdown Forest, the magical place where Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore lived and played.

In ‘The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh’, Kathryn Aalto explores these enchanting landscapes where the magic of Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures came to life.  Readers are taken to the real places in the stories: the ancient black walnut tree that became Pooh’s house, Poohsticks Bridge, and the top of Galleons Lap where Pooh says goodbye to Christopher Robin in the Enchanted Place.

The book also serves as a guide to the plants, animals and places of the remarkable Ashdown Forest.

Packed with E.H. Shepard’s original illustrations and hundreds of contemporary and historical photographs, this book is essential reading for all who cherish A.A. Milne’s classic tales.



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