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Woodlands and Kent High Weald Partnership


The Kent High Weald Partnership is a partnership between Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Kent County Council and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Most of our activities are based in the borough, which lies within the High Weald AONB.

The partnership aims to:

  • conserve landscape features and wildlife habitats
  • promote quiet access to the countryside
  • encourage community environmental action
  • raise awareness of the High Weald and its landscape

These aims are achieved through working in partnerships with individuals, community groups, schools, youth groups, landowners, local businesses, parish councils, the borough and the county council. This approach continues to be very successful in achieving real results.

For further information please visit the Kent High Weald Partnership website.

Marshley Harbour Wood

Marshley Harbour Wood is situated on the north eastern edge of Pembury with access available from a number of footpaths.

Marshley Harbour and adjoining Forest Woods comprise some 213 acres of mixed conifers and sweet chestnut coppice with open heathy glades.

The site has an educational nature trail and a wonderful network of paths offering superb views of the ever-changing woodland landscape.

Snipes or Bassetts Wood

The woodland is located 1/4 mile to the east of Pembury.

The unsurfaced road called Woodlands leads to a public footpath into Snipe Wood.

Follow the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk signs. The guidebook for the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk is available now from the Tourist Information Centre website.

High Wood

High Wood is located 1/4 mile from the village of Hawkenbury on the eastern edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Follow High Woods Lane off Halls Hole Road, the woodland is divided by the lane and access is available on both sides.

High Wood was severely damaged by the 1987 storm, but the chestnut coppice and mature oak standards are now growing well. The part of the wood north of High Woods Lane is served by a network of paths, whilst access to the southern part is formally via the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk, a guidebook is available from the Tourist Information Centre website. There are some wonderful spring flowers, including bluebells and wood anemones.