Come and explore

EGMEL has made the Estate (Park) available for public enjoyment for more than 70 years.

With our local partners, Mid Sussex District Council, who provide open recreational space, playground, football fields and woodland walking areas and maintain Ashplats Wood, which is open for all to enjoy.  

The Estate is also home to East Grinstead Football Club and the East Grinstead Target Shooting Club.

As a permanent reminder of the Girl-guiding Centenary celebrations (1910 – 2010), Guides in East Grinstead, with the support of many local organizations including Ashplats Conservation Group, have installed a nature trail in the gardens of East Court Mansion and Ashplats Wood.

The circular route trail is free for anyone to use. It’s about 1 mile long and will take the average adult about 30 minutes to walk. The information sign above can be found on the terrace of East Court Mansion and the photo left shows one of the posts on the trail. There are 16 posts in total and where possible these are sited near to paths to enable pushchairs, wheelchairs and those who are less steady on their feet to reach them. However, the path through the woods to Rutland Meadow is narrow, over rougher ground and will be muddy when wet.

We are only minutes from the town centre, surrounded by the countryside of Sussex with wonderful views overlooking Ashdown Forest. The positioning of East Court is unique in that the Meridian Line passes through the house and the gardens. 

East Grinstead Memorial Estate Ltd
East Court
College Lane,
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 3LT

Ashplats Conservation Group, a volunteer membership group, help look after this beautiful woodland in protecting the flora and fauna of the Estate as well as aiding MSDC in the maintenance of paths, steps and walkways, which can be a particular challenge during the variable winter weather period.

Visiting with your Pets

East Court Estate welcomes all well behaved dogs. Dogs must be kept on a lead in the following areas.

  • The car park– We value your dog’s safety so please put your dog on a lead before letting it out of your car.
  • The terraced gardens and the Garden of Remembrance– Please respect the war memorial and our flowerbeds by keeping your dog on a short lead throughout the gardens.

Please note: Dogs are not permitted in the playpark.

Dogs are welcome to be let off the lead for exercise on the playing fields and in the woodland. Please refer to the dog code.

Ways we can be responsible owners

  • Dog walkers, as regular park users, help look after our open spaces by reporting any problems or damage in the park, collecting litter and help improve safety
  • If you find a dog bin which has not been emptied then please note the number painted on it before contacting Mid Sussex District Council using the online report a missing dog bin form

Different parts of the East Court Estate are subject to different designations.

Ashplats Wood circular route is 28 ha and the majority of the wood is designated as Ancient Woodland as well as a West Sussex Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI).


Ashplats Wood is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)


Part of the Estate lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)


East Court is part of a Conservation Area (a planning designation most recently re-iterated in the draft East Grinstead Neighbourhood Plan 2015)


Most recently the East Court Estate has been identified as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) Supporting a rich and diverse wildlife – within a 1km radius of the Estate birds, bats, dormice, snakes and newts are profuse


Most of Ashplats Wood and fragments of woodland in East Court have been identified as ancient semi-natural woodland (i.e. sites that have been continuously wooded since at least 1600 AD) and appear on the provisional Ancient Woodland Inventory for Mid Sussex .

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