High Weald AONB

Formed over 130 million years ago and stretching from deep in the Kent countryside right out to the coast, the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has a fascinating cultural and geological landscape. Shaped by people since prehistory it is considered to be one of the best surviving medieval landscapes in Northern Europe. More than 20% of the area is covered by ancient woodland where rare species such as the dormouse, black headed cardinal beetle and nightjars live and breed. Many small mansions built of local stone and surrounded by important historic gardens are located in the area; one of the most notable in Kent is Sissinghurst.

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