Huge fire breaks out in Winnie the Pooh woodland that inspired author AA Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood
- Blaze started last night at around 9.30pm and has been burning through night
- Inferno swept across 14 acres – an area equivalent to six large football pitches
- Ashdown Forest, near Kingstanding, East Sussex, featured in beloved kids’ books
A huge blaze has broken out in woodlands featured in AA Milne’s beloved Winnie the Pooh children’s books.
The fire, which started last night and is still burning, swept across 14 acres – an area equivalent to six large football pitches.
Emergency services were first called to Ashdown Forest, near Kingstanding, East Sessex, at 9.30pm on Sunday, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.
A huge blaze has been burning overnight in Ashdown Forest, near Kingstanding (pictured)
At its height six crews fire were battling the blaze. But this morning only four fire engines remained at the scene.
The cause of the fire isn’t yet known but it’s feared to have been sparked by a barbecue or discarded cigarette.
A.A. Milne grew up surrounded by the forest, which he renamed Hundred Acre Wood when he wrote his beloved kids’ tales in the 1920s.
One of Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore’s famous escapades was inventing the game of Pooh-sticks at a wooden bridge in the forest.
Pooh-sticks Bridge remains today and attracts visitors from all over the world who play the wholesome game of dropping sticks into the stream for a race.
At its height six crews fire were battling the blaze which swept across 14 acres as it torched the landscape overnight
Nature lovers fear the inferno has destroyed many birds’ nests containing eggs and chicks, and has killed rare butterflies and other wildlife.
Pictures shared on social media show towering flames tearing across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
On February 26, during the heatwave, two separate blazes started within an hour of each other in the forest on the hottest February day on record.
Firefighters said more than 35 hectares had been ravaged.
The Hundred Acre Wood, from A.A. Milne’s children’s books, is actually named after the Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest.
A.A. Milne lived at Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, which was just north of Ashdown Forest.