Ancient Woodland with large areas undergoing restoration from more modern commercial forestry.


Nearest address: Hatch Lane
Chartham Hatch
Chartham Hatch

OS Map Reference

TR 081 573
A static map of South Blean

Know before you go

329 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Very limited at Hunstead Wood, Primrose Hill, Chartham Hatch

Bicycle parking


Grazing animals

Sheep, goats or cattle may be grazing in Hunstead wood, Court & Joan Beech Woods

Walking trails

Extensive network of marked and unmarked trails including sections of the Big Blean Walk.


The best access is by public footpath or country lanes from Selling Station or Chartham Hatch. There is very limited parking at Hunstead Wood on Primrose Hill at Chartham Hatch. 


Under effective control
Dogs not permitted at Hunstead Wood. Dogs on leads where there is livestock.

When to visit

Opening times

All times.

Best time to visit


About the reserve

The South Blean Woodlands are a mixture of native deciduous woodland and conifer plantations sitting on the high ground, surrounded by pleasant orchards and pasture on the lower ground.  The woodland is undulating and is crisscrossed with ancient wood banks and tracks.  Most of the woodland has been commercially managed and has also been relatively poor for wildlife.  Kent Wildlife Trust is breathing life back into the woodland by the staged removal of conifer plantations, re-instating coppicing, creating open space for wildlife and grazing areas of the wood.  In time, the woodland will be transformed from a commercial forest into a rich mosaic of habitats where wildlife can thrive.  Views are now opening up that have not been seen in over 30 years.

Contact us

John Wilson

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

Location map