All aerial activity above and in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle Estate is prohibited unless specific permission is given. This can be obtained by contacting Julie Ryan at Herstmonceux Castle and Jo Harris at The Science Centre – please see contact page. Herstmonceux Castle Estate and The Science Centre are both private properties and therefore permission must be obtained in writing before flying your drone.
If granted, our operations manager will agree the time and locations permitted as well as informing our security.
What you need to know before applying:
- CAA regulations state that drones should not be flown above or near to people. As our properties often have staff and students living or working on site, visitors present or public using open access areas, unauthorised drone flying is both illegal and potentially puts people at risk. This is why you must seek our consent.
- Copies of training certificates and liability insurance must be provided prior to the filming date. If these are not supplied permission will not be granted.
- On site we have wildlife, agricultural animals, and animals which are sensitive to disturbance, such as birds and deer herds. These could be alarmed or stressed by the presence of drones, especially at breeding times. Therefore, if permission is granted the pursuing or disturbing of these is prohibited.
- Many drones have cameras attached and these could infringe data protection laws (filming people without permission) and potentially could contravene our rules on commercial photography and filming.
- The presence of drones can impinge on the quiet enjoyment of our site by other visitors and could potentially present a public nuisance risk.
- If permission is granted, you can only fly your drone to a maximum height of 120 metres (if under 20kg) and it must be kept at least 50 metres away from people. In addition, you must always keep your drone within your sight.
- We often have emergency helicopters flying above us as we are on the direct flight path between two hospitals. If you see or hear them, please land your drone immediately and do not attempt to fly it again until they have passed.
- Be aware of all airspace requirements.