Shorne Wood Country Park
A large ancient woodland site with a visitors centre constructed to eco-friendly principles. A site of Special Scientific Interest, Shorne Wood consists mainly of ancient woodland with some heathland, an old clay extraction pit, meadows and wetlands. The ponds and lakes are rich with reeds, rush and willow. A sensory garden has been developed for everyone to enjoy. The planting and tactile sculptures provide colour, scent, texture, shape and sound. The Green Man lives in the centre of the sensory garden. He represents the spirit of the trees and can be found in many parts of the world as a symbol of fertility. Nearby, the arboretum contains almost every species of native tree found in Kent. Explore the park to find the sculptures including a green man, a spider and a giant fist to name but a few.The park has strong links to the past and lies on what was originally Cobham Hall Estate. The archaeology spans many periods; from Stone Age flint tools scattered on the high heath, to the remains of the 20th century clay working industry, which created much of the park's contours today. A World War II RAF billet camp still lies hidden in the trees, and a grand medieval manor house with numerous outbuildings once stood looking down a slope towards the Thames. There is also a1.8 mile dedicated cycle route aroud the park.
Telephone: 01474 823800
Opening times: Open daily 9am 'til dusk except Christmas day
Travel information: Regular services from London and Kent from Meopham, Sole Street, Gravesend and Higham. All stations are served by the 416/417 Arriva bus service and taxis. By road: Shorne Wood Country Park is signposted off the A2 between Gravesend and Rochester at the Cobham/Shorne/Higham junction.
Facilities: A number of facilities are available to less mobile visitors including an easy access trail featured in the Walks For All Pack, sensory gardens and electro-scooters (free loan). It is advisable to book the free loan facilities in advance to avoid disappointment.
Visitors Centre and refreshments. The cafe is open from 10am to 5 pm in the summer and from 11am to 4pm in the winter.
Exhibition and information.
Free entry to to the park but there is a car park fee of £2 on weekdays and £2.50 at weekends and bank holidays.