Ancient woodland and grassland supporting a large number of insects and birds.

Much of the reserve has been planted with sweet chestnut but some areas are dominated by oak, alder, willow and birch. Bluebell, primrose, wild garlic, pignut, early-purple orchid and male fern all thrive here. The damp areas of the reserve support pendulous sedge, opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage, large bittercress, marsh marigold and meadowsweet. The reserve also supports large numbers of insects and birds.


A small area of grassland called Calves Lodge field is currently being restored.

Nearby nature reserves

Marden Meadow
4 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Brenchley Wood
5 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust
Parsonage Wood
6 miles - Kent Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

The Gill
TN17 1DE
Map reference
TQ 728 385
Great for...
ancient trees
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Visits can be made by prior arrangement with the Weald Warden (01622 662012).
12.00 hectares
Ancient Woodland
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Permit required

Not Wheelchair accessible. Access on foot to reserve over neighbouring land, over several stiles. basic interpretation board and way markers. Visits can be made by prior arrangement with the Weald Warden (01622 662012).
Walking information
Circular paths, uneven and muddy in places.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Matt Hayes
Tel: 01622 662012