Ash to Ash Sculptures – White Horse Wood Country Park

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Ash to Ash is a major public artwork by Ackroyd & Harvey and can be found in White Horse Wood Country Park, in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Commissioned by The Ash Project, Ash to Ash is a new public artwork by the internationally renowned artists, Ackroyd & Harvey, in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Two monolithic sculptural forms set against a dramatic panoramic landscape are both a celebration and memorial to the ash tree, where across every county in the UK, hundreds of thousands of trees are succumbing to the devastating effects of ash dieback disease. Visit the artwork from September 2018 to September 2020.

About White Horse Wood Country Park:

White Horse Wood, Kent County Council’s newest country park, is free to visit and open to the public.  Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers beautiful countryside, local history and panoramic views.

As well as the sculptures, the site hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle, which are easily explored as well as traces of an Iron Age settlement, providing even more historical interest.

A Site of Nature Conservation Interest, over 20,000 trees have recently been planted here including oak, ash, silver birch, wild cherry and crab apple. Five hectares of land has also been seeded to create an area of open grassland.

The improvements will in time create an important habitat for a variety of unusual flora and fauna, further boosting Kent’s natural heritage.

There is an easy access route around the park, perfect for wheelchairs and pushchairs, from which you can enjoy the amazing views. The park lies along the North Downs Way, providing pleasant walks over to The Larches, another important public open space.


White Horse Wood Country Park
Detling Hill, Kent
ME14 3JE
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Come by car:

From the M20 exit at Junction 7. From the M2 exit at Junction 5. Parking is available (bring change for the parking meters).

Come by train:

The Country Park is a 35 minute walk from Bearstead Station, the most direct route is 1.5 miles along Thurnham lane.

Come by foot:

White Horse Wood is located on the edge of many famous walking routes in Kent including the North Downs Way and the Pilgrims Way. See the National Trails website for details.

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