Winnie the Pooh and his lovable gang first surfaced in 1926, when they were created by author A.A. Milne. Since then, the characters have garnered major popularity through their animated Disney adventures in The Hundred Acre Wood.
Milne created Pooh and his friends after watching his son interact with stuffed animals during playtime. Like the characters, The Hundred Acre Wood was inspired by something in real life — the Ashdown Forest located in Sussex, England.
Those who visit the Ashdown Forest can find a Winnie the Pooh plaque dedicated to Milne and E.H. Shepard, who created the illustrations for Milne’s characters. The official Ashdown Forest website even boasts about Milne taking inspiration from the forest for his stories.