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Marden Meadow

An excellent example of an unimproved hay meadow. Designated as Kent's Coronation 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.


Find out more about the Coronation Meadows project here.

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

Between Marden and Staplehurst on Marden Road
TN12 9PZ
Map reference
TQ 763 445
Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
5.60 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Wheelchair accessible. There are medium mobility kissing gates. The surface is grass, level, smooth. There is some flooding in winter.
Walking information
Paths are relatively flat but can become wet in poor conditions. Please stay on the paths.
There is a small car park at the eastern end of the reserve which is open from May to July.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Sheep will occasionally be on site.
Reserve manager
Matt Hayes
Tel: 01622 662012