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White Horse Wood Country Park, Maidstone

Categories: Nature & Parks
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3.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
White Horse Wood is a recently created English country park near Thurnham to the north of Maidstone, Kent. Located within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the park is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.OverviewWhite Horse Wood is Kent's newest country park, created as a Millennium project to replace the ancient woodland on top of the North Downs. It is managed by Kent County Council. The site hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle and also traces of an Iron Age settlement. The 26-hectare site was purchased by Kent County Council specifically to create the park.Over 20,000 trees have been planted at the site including oak, ash, silver birch, wild cherry and crab apple. Five hectares of land has been seeded to create an area of open grassland. The Kent County Agricultural Society has a plot in the wood where it has planted 1,200 specifically Kent-grown trees, including oak, ash, hornbeam and crab apple.In 2009, EDF Energy replaced an overhead electricity cable running through the park with underground cabling to help restore the natural look of the area.The North Downs Way passes through the southern border of the park, between Detling and Broad Street.
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  • After seeing the trees planted ,I went to see how things were growing, only to find ,many need attention, pruning ect,gates in need of repair, no tolet, if you take children you have had it....I fail ...  read more »
  • Although parking isn't free, it is only £1.20 per day (£1.50 weekends and bank holidays) which is great value for money and my only negative is that it would be good to have toilet facilities at the c...  read more »
  • Very nice Park for relaxing and walking. Gorgeous scenery. Here are the ruins of a medieval castle. A lot of greenery and flowers. Admission is free, but you need to pay for parking.
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