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Brenchley Wood

Ancient woodland with heathland and bog

The original Brenchley Wood Nature Reserve covers about 8 hectares of relic High Weald woodland between Brenchley and Pembury. This secluded reserve is rich in wildlife.

The woods are dominated by majestic beech and oak trees. A small area of heathland to the north has been restored from pine plantation and low shrubby heather and dwarf gorse is now returning.

As part of a project with the High Weald AONB, the Trust have produced a downloadable leaflet looking at some of the historical features and uses of Brenchley Wood nature reserve in the past. The leaflet points out historical features that have been uncovered from recent woodland archaeological survey work, and explains what they were for. Once downloaded it can be used whilst visiting the reserve to find the clues to how Brenchley Wood, like many other woods in the High Weald, have been used and managed for hundreds of years.

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The Gill
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Eridge Rocks
7 miles - Sussex Wildlife Trust
Marden Meadow
7 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Matfield and Pembury
TN12 7ER
Map reference
TQ 648 420
Great for...
ancient trees
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
15.00 hectares
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Not Wheelchair accessible. Surface is level ,Forest track, gravel/earth. Has kissing gate, other gates. Can be boggy in places during winter, Basic sign board.
Walking information
Wear suitable footwear as it may be muddy at times.
Parking is very limited on the road side
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sometimes - sheep
Reserve manager
Matt Hayes
Tel: 01622 662012


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