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Marden Meadow

An excellent example of an unimproved hay meadow.

This idyllic reserve serves to remind visitors of just how much of this classic English landscape has been lost. Consists of three fields it boasts one of the best remaining examples of unimproved haymeadows in Kent. Green-winged orchids are abundant in May and later in the year many daises, vetches and wild grass are common. Two ponds feature here, the smaller of the two often having an abundant show of water violet. The larger pond has stands of bulrush and vegetation that provides a nesting habitat for reed warblers and geese.

Nearby nature reserves

The Gill
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Quarry Wood
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Brenchley Wood
7 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Marden and Staplehurst on Marden Road near Mountain Farm.
Cranbrook
Kent
TN12 9PZ
Map reference
TQ 763 445
Great for...
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
5.60 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

The reserve lies between Marden and Staplehurst on the Marden Road near Mountain Farm. There is a bus service from both Marden and Staplehurst railway stations.
Walking information
Paths are relatively flat but can become wet in poor conditions. Please stay on the paths.
Parking
There is a small car park at the eastern end of the reserve which is open from May to July.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Sheep will occasionally be on site.
Reserve manager
Matt Hayes
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk