Ashdown Forest Branch

The Ashdown Forest Branch covers Buxted, Danehill, Chelwood Gate, Five ASh Down, High Hurstwood, Maresfield and Nutley. It has two or three events per year and supports the Association in elections. 

Our Branch Chairman is Helen Galley.  Karin Mont is Treasurer and Cllr Roy Galley is Deputy Chairman of the Branch. 

Branch committee members are Toby Illingworth, Graham Miller, Les Wilcox and Megan Holt-Thomas.  We would welcome other members of the Branch, please contact Cllr Galley on 01825 713018 or email

County Councillor

Roy Galley


District Councillors

Roy Galley

Peter Roundell

Toby Illingworth


Helen Galley - Ashdown Forest Branch Chairman

Helen joined the Conservative party as a Young Conservative in Sheffield in 1974 and has campaigned at every general election since. Helen and her husband, Roy Galley, a former Member of Parliament for Halifax and currently a District and County Councillor, have lived in Wealden for 19 years.  They have two married children and one grandson (soon to be two) who she hopes to get out campaigning soon.

Cllr Roy Galley

Roy Galley is the East Sussex County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted, representing the parishes of Buxted ; Danehill ; Fletching ; part of Forest Row ; Isfield ; Maresfield -- and Wealden District Council member for  Danehill, Fletching & Nutley.


Bins, roads and boundaries - an update

Local Government News. October. 2018 from Cllr Roy Galley

Parliamentary Boundaries
As a follow up to last month’s report, The Boundary Commission has now published its final proposals for constituency boundaries.


Wealden MP Nus Ghani recently attended an event celebrating 50 years since the Uckfield and District Preservation Society began maintaining the Nutley Windmill. The Uckfield and District Preservation Society maintain heritage across Wealden, including Bridge Cottage in Uckfield and the Nutley Win


Here, Retired local horse vet and active wildlife conservationist Philip Glyn reflects on his time on the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest: