Despite being so close to urban Ashford, surrounded by roads and houses, Ashford Warren is a surprisingly wild place.
Ancient wood pasture habitat under restoration, acid grassland, pond, wet pasture
Ashford Borough Council, Kent Wildlife Trust
Local Wildlife Site, Local Nature Reserve
Facilities available at this site
- Disabled Access
- Waymarked Trail
- Interpretation Panels
About the Site
The woodlands, with their coppice and old oaks, screen the site from man-made intrusions, making it a green haven for the community. The Warren is also important for wildlife. Much of the site is old wood pasture that was invaded by scrub when grazing stopped some decades ago. It is currently being restored by clearance of trees and grazing. Wood pasture is a rare and very important habitat valuable for its ancient trees and unimproved grassland. Where acid grassland has remained open on the site, it contains plants such as sheep’s sorrel and bird’s foot. It is grazed to maintain its value and keep birch scrub at bay. The ponds are home to amphibians, aquatic insects and the uncommon water violet. A wide variety of birds also inhabit the site.
There are many veteran trees, including some very large sweet chestnuts and oaks. Plants include bluebell, heather, harebell, and water violet. Glow worms can be seen in the summer months. The site is good for reptiles and amphibians, and badgers and other mammals can be found here.
From Junction 9 of the M20, turn left towards Ashford Town Centre. At the next roundabout (the Drover’s Roundabout) take the 3rd exit (A292) towards Ashford, then take the first left into Warren Lane. The main access and parking is at the end of Warren Lane.
Ashford International (1.5 miles)
Route numbers 10 and 123 stop close to the end of Warren Lane.
Transport Links to this site
Ashford Warren Photo Gallery
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