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Quarry Wood

Tranquil ancient mixed woodland with a stream and ponds.

Much of the reserve is Sweet Chestnut coppice. The north side of the reserve has mature oak and beech and between here and the old ragstone quarry - ash and sycamore can be found in the long damp valley.

There is a small area of conifers in the centre of the reserve in what was once a hop garden. The sides of the stream at the bottom of the valley are covered in plants such as golden saxifrage, cuckooflower, red campion and a large colony of ramsons. The valley slopes are covered with dog's mercury, early-purple orchid, twayblade and the occasional common spotted-orchid.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Ponds, Woodland
Species
English Oak, Beech, Sycamore, Cuckooflower, Twayblade

Nearby nature reserves

Tyland Barn
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Marden Meadow
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Westfield Wood
6 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Near West Farleigh
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 0NH
Map reference
TQ 722 518
Great for...
ancient trees
birdwatching
fungi
lichens and mosses
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
26.00 hectares
Status
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS)
Access
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are stiles and slopes. the paths are on rough ground, unsurfaced, uneven and of various gradients. Paths are slippery and muddy when wet.
Walking information
Please keep to the marked route around the reserve. You can access the woods from the near by bridleway and footpaths.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Matt Hayes
Tel: 01622 662012
info@kentwildlife.org.uk