Chilston Pines and Ponds

Introduction

Chilston Pines and Ponds

Chilston Pines and Ponds is a small remnant of historic parkland with veteran trees, ponds and other ornamental features.

Key habitats:
Remnant parkland, veteran trees, ponds, acid grassland/bracken heath.

Ownership/management:
Heaths Countryside Corridor

Size:
10 ha

Designations:
Local Wildlife Site

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking
  • Interpretation Panels

About the Site

This site consists of two halves separated by the High Speed 1 railway.

Chilston Ponds once formed part of the main entrance to Chilston Park (Chilston House is now a hotel) and dates back to the 18th century. Ancient oaks still survive in this historic parkland remants. The remains of the Ice House, once used to keep food fresh for the main house, can also be seen.  The pond that was used to gather the ice is home today to a wide range of insects, plant life and Great Crested Newts. The grassland is being grazed by cattle, which will help to restore a range of wild flowers.

Chilston Pines features old pine trees which are a well known local landmark, visible from the M20 motorway. The remaining trees are a landscape feature and are thought to have been planted by early occupants of the house to remind the owners of Scotland.  Many trees were unfortunately lost during storms in 1987, however, HCC has planted many replacement specimen trees, during 2009.  The many fallen trees will be left in situ as they have become valuable habitats for insects and invertabrates.

Visiting

By car

From the A20, drive through Lenham, coming out of the village on Headcorn Road. Turn left on Boughton Road, then, at a cross-roads, turn left onto Lenham Heath Road. Park by the gateway on your right.

By train

Nearest rail station – Lenham (approx 1.5 miles)

By bus

Route number 10X between Ashford and Maidstone passes through Lenham village.

 

Transport Links to this site

  • Train
  • Bus

Chilston Pines and Ponds Photo Gallery

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