Plans to improve access to Pooh Bridge unveiled

Christopher Milne, the son of AA Milne, on the bridge in Ashdown Forest Christopher Milne, the son of AA Milne, on the bridge in Ashdown Forest in 1979

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Plans to improve access to a bridge made famous in the Winnie the Pooh books have been put forward.

More than 35,000 people a year visit the wooden Pooh Bridge in Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield, East Sussex.

The bridge was the venue for the game Poohsticks in AA Milne's stories about the honey-loving bear.

A lack of car parking and footpaths hinders visitors, however. East Sussex County Council said it had agreed with the landowners to improve this.

These plans include a new car park improvements to paths.

Pooh Bridge was originally called Posingford Bridge and dates from at least 1907.

It inspired AA Milne, who lived in a house nearby, and was last rebuilt in 1999.

Councillor Matthew Lock, the cabinet member for the environment, said: "Pooh Bridge is an important part of our heritage."

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