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Explore St Leonard's Forest
(Average user rating: 2 unrated 2/5)

St Leonard's Forest is a large area of heathland, broadleaf and coniferous forest south of Horsham.

Friends of St Leonard’s Forest

The Friends of St Leonard’s Forest is a group of volunteers, working with Gatwick Greenspace, to restore and better manage the heathland in the forest. We meet only once a month, on a Sunday, but usually carry out plenty of work in that time. For more information visit or call 01403 731885. New members are always welcomed.



What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

Nature's beauty almost entirely ruined by the selfish and arrogant attitude of those dog owners who seem to have designated St Leonards Forest as a public defecation area for dogs. Those choosing to leave behind either mess or poo bags epitomise the small-minded arrogance of all too many dog owners who expect someone else to clear up after them. As for the "stick and flick", that is plain lazy and when multiplied by the apparent volume of dog walkers becomes equally disgusting. Irresponsible dog owners, why not let your dog defecate in your garden? No doubt you don't like dog faeces in your garden. What makes you believe it's fine in public spaces?


The Average Walker, 6/May/2016

We try to encourage all of our dog walkers to be responsible owners and clear up after their dogs, and understand that the forest should be left so that everyone can enjoy it.

Forestry Commission Response

As for having bins along the footpaths, while at first uneducated glance this seems a brilliant idea, the forestry is underfunded like everything else. If you all want to pay a pound each time you walk your dog then I'm sure the forestry would be able to employ someone to empty said bins. Long story short you are talking about commercialising the Forrest! What's next? Adverts on billboards every 20 metres. Grow up, be responsible. Leave the forest as you find it. Thank you x

Anonymous, 29/Sep/2015

If your dog has a motion on a designated footpath, then either flick it into the undergrowth or pick it up in a biodegrable bag. (Foresrtry; maybe, set aside an area for the decomposition of faecal matter in biodegrable bags?). Either way, this should NOT be an issue. If you own a dog, you probably like companionship, if you leave poo for other people and animals to tread in then everyone hates you. Thanks.

Father Nature, 29/Sep/2015

thank you for your comments. we would like all of our visitors with dogs to be responsible owners and clear up after them.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Horse riding
  • Riding is permited under the TROT permit scheme. For further details please call (01622) 735599 or follow the link to the TROT website
  • Walking
  • Informal walking centreed around the Roosthole car park
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ205299

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