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Considered to be one of the best gardens in the South East. 14 acres including woodland area and walled garden. Fine trees, large collection of roses and herbaceous plants. Connections with Jane Austen who frequently visited.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/whitehall-meadows-and-bingley-island/
Whitehall Meadows and Bingley Island dates back to the Doomsday period. Today it is one of a few areas of riverside grassland that has not been treated with weedkillers or fertilisers, which means that a wide variety of species can thrive.
Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JP
Facing Telford Terrace is a quaisi Victorian sunken garden, erected to celebrate the twinning of Waltrop and Herne Bay.
Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/south-blean
Decidious woodland, conifer and sweet chestnut plantation, as well as bog and heath.
Canterbury, CT4 7PQ, explorekent.org/activities/larkey-valley-wood-local-nature-reserve/
This beautiful ancient 45-hectare woodland has spectacular displays of wildflower including many species of orchid.
Canterbury, CT2 8NL, explorekent.org/activities/hambrook-marshes/
Hambrook Marshes is set in the floodplain of the Great Stour in Wincheap, Canterbury. Offering opportunities for walking, cycling and birdwatching, the marshes are a place for the whole community.
Grove Road, Upstreet, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, explorekent.org/activities/grove-ferry-picnic-site
Grove Ferry Picnic Site is an ideal spot to watch the boats drift by and enjoy the wildlife on the river.
Westgate Grove, Canterbury, CT1 2DB, explorekent.org/activities/westgate-gardens/
The Westgate Gardens can be found close to the City centre, just next to the West Gate Tower. The eleven acres of public gardens provide an ideal setting for a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Stour.
Whitstable, CT5 3ER, explorekent.org/activities/clowes-wood/
Clowes Wood is an area of mixed woodland between Canterbury and Whitstable. It has lots of tracks and trails and is well used by walkers, families and cyclists.
Herne Bay, CT6 6JP, explorekent.org/activities/beacon-hill-herne-bay/
Beacon Hill in Herne Bay is situated above the shore line and offers a bracing outdoor experience that will blow the cobwebs away! Stunning views of Reculver to the East and the Isle of Sheppey to the west.
Watling Street, Canterbury, CT1 2QX, Tel: 01227 862162, explorekent.org/activities/dane-john-gardens/
The city walls and an avenue of lime trees provide Dane John Gardens with a sense of enclosure and escape from the busy road and bustling shopping centre just a few yards away.
Stodmarsh, Canterbury, CT3 4BP, www.gov.uk/government/publications/kents-national-nature-reserves/kents-national-nature-reserves#stodmarsh
Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve is a unique and beautiful area of wetland, internationally recognised as an important home to a rich variety of wildlife, especially birds. Image Stodmarsh Reserve © Emma Griffiths, Natural England
Whitstable, CT5 4FJ, explorekent.org/activities/duncan-down/
Duncan Down Village Green is the largest open space in Whitstable. Originally earmarked for housing in the 1930s, the land is now protected as a Village Green, providing opportunities for local people to relax and enjoy wildlife.
Reculver Lane, Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SS, Tel: 01227 740676, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/reculver-visitor-centre-and-country-park
Reculver Country Park and Towers is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest.
Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, CT4 7LS, Tel: 01622 662012, www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/bigbury-camp
Bigbury camp is a pre-Roman Iron Age hillfort in Howfield Wood. There is some evidence that Bigbury is the site of a battle recorded by Julius Caesar during his first visit to England in 55BC.
Rough Common, Blean, Canterbury, CT2 9DD, www.theblean.co.uk/
The Blean Woods National Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland.