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Sladden Wood

With fine views across the delightful Alkham Valley, the reserve is made up of ancient woodland, supporting a diverse mixture of hornbeam, field maple, hazel and ash with bluebell, green hellebore and yellow archangel.

With fine views across the delightful Alkham Valley, the reserve is made up of ancient woodland, supporting a diverse mixture of hornbeam, field maple, hazel and ash with bluebell, green hellebore and yellow archangel.

Sladden Wood is well known locally as the Horizontal Wood. It was clear felled in 1978. A Tree Preservation Order was served on the remaining stumps and felled timber. Natural regeneration, together with the decaying wood, has meant that Sladden is once again particularly rich in wildlife.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland
Species
Bluebell, Field Maple, Yellow Archangel, Hornbeam, Hazel

Nearby nature reserves

Lydden Temple Ewell - The James Teacher Reserve
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Nemo Down Nature Reserve
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Old Park Hill
2 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Surrounded and accessed via Sladden Farm, near the village of Alkham between Folkestone and Dover.
Alkham
Kent
CT15 7DS
Map reference
TR 257 428
Great for...
fungi
getting away from it all
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
7.00 hectares
Access
Not Wheelchair accessible. There are slopes, Kissing gates, stiles and access is via a footpath. The path is unsurfaced chalk/grassy and muddy when wet.
Walking information
Public footpath through the reserve and across the farmland to the village. Rugged, steep earth tracks through the wood.
Parking
Please park in Alkham Village.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Karen Weeks
Tel: 01622 662012
karen.weeks@kentwildlife.org.uk