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    Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

    Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

    Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

    Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

    Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury

    Larkey Valley Wood, Canterbury




    01227 862000


    Cockering Road,
    CT1 3UP


    This beautiful ancient 45 hectare woodland was given to the City Council in 1932 by the then Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Alderman Frank Hooker in order that it should be reserved to the Public forever. The wood is now a Nationally Important SSSI and is looked after in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. In 2007 this woodland became accredited with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council certification) status showing that the woodland is managed to sustainable and best practice standards.

    From October to March each year, anyone can volunteer to take part in the coppicing activity that takes place through much of the woodland. This is a traditional system by which trees are cut close to the ground so that new shoots can grow from the base. This allows increased light into parts of the woodland so that a wide range of plants, insects, birds and mammals can thrive. The wood has spectacular displays of wildflowers from March to May,including many species of orchid. Regular monitoring of the wood has shown that this is one of the best in the country for dormice. In 2008, the Kentish Stour Countryside Project installed new waymarkers at the woodland, providing three new signed walkways for visitors. New information boards have also been installed in the car park and at the pedestrian entrance off Cockering Road.

    Children welcomeDogs accepted


    Free entry


    • Children welcomeChildren welcome
    • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted



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    Map reference: TR 133563  Lat: 51.26664 Long: 1.05751

    From the A28 Ashford/Thanington Road join Stranger's Lane opposite St Nicholas' Church. At the end of Stranger's Lane turn right along the Cockering Road for 0.7 mile (1.14km) until you reach the woodland car park situated to the left of the road.

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