Foal Hurst Wood Local Nature Reserve
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Many people appreciate seeing the spring flowers at Foal Hurst Wood in April and May, but there are different sights and sounds to enjoy whatever the season.
Foal Hurst Wood is a quiet wood perfectly suited to getting re-acquainted with nature and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.
To fully value the Nature Reserve, it is best to sit quietly on one of the seats dotted along the footpaths and wait for the wildlife to become accustomed to your presence.
The site is comprised of 29 acres of woodland plus 11 acres of meadowland at its northern border. Thanks to the Kent High Weald Project and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, it has been designated as a nature reserve since 1999.
A trail runs around the perimeter of the woods, while a network of footpaths means you can fully explore the interior. Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers thrive here, while in spring there are carpets of bluebells along with primroses and orchids.
The car park and entrance to the reserve is approximately 300 metres from the junction of Maidstone and Badsell Road on the left hand side, adjacent to the Badsell allotments.
Easy access information
This park and open space has at least one accessible route but otherwise is considered to be less suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs.