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

Location

Between Marden and Staplehurst on Marden Road
Cranbrook
TN12 9PZ
A static map of Marden Meadow

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Grazing animals

Sheep will occasionally be on site.

Walking trails

Paths are relatively flat but can become wet in poor conditions. Please stay on the paths.

Access

Wheelchair accessible. There are medium mobility kissing gates. The surface is grass, level, smooth. There is some flooding in winter.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Matt Hayes
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)