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7. King's Wood
King's Wood is one of Kent’s largest woodlands; the 1500-acre forest is managed by the Forestry Commission and the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership for conservation, recreation and timber production. The historic royal hunting forest is an ancient woodland site with both broad-leaved trees and conifers, species include sweet chestnut, beech, Corsican pine and Douglas fir. It is home to a huge diversity of flora and fauna, including fallow deer, adders, nightjars, green woodpeckers, lesser and greater spotted woodpeckers, foxgloves, bluebells and woodspurges.
Since 1994, the Stour Valley Creative Partnership has commissioned artists to make sculptures within the forest and other kinds of artworks. Using natural materials means that the sculptures in King's Wood gradually change and will all, eventually, become part of the natural forest cycle of decay and regeneration. Day to day, they are transformed by light, weather and seasonal occurrences. As well as sculptures marked on the Sculpture Trail map, visitors may see the 'ghosts' of previous sculptures now being reclaimed by nature.