White Horse Wood

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White Horse Wood
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White Horse Wood Country Park
White Horse Wood is located in Kent
White Horse Wood
White Horse Wood shown within Kent
OS grid TQ808586
Coordinates 51°17′49″N 0°35′33″E / 51.297°N 0.5925°E / 51.297; 0.5925Coordinates: 51°17′49″N 0°35′33″E / 51.297°N 0.5925°E / 51.297; 0.5925
Area 26 hectares (260,000 m2)
Created 2000 (2000)
Operated by Kent County Council,
Open Open 7 days a week, dawn until dusk
Status complete
Website White Horse Wood Country Park

White Horse Wood is a recently created English country park near Thurnham to the north of Maidstone, Kent. Located within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the park is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.


White Horse Wood is Kent's newest country park, created as a Millennium project to replace the ancient woodland on top of the North Downs. It is managed by Kent County Council.[1] The site hosts the medieval ruins of Thurnham Castle and also traces of an Iron Age settlement. The 26-hectare site was purchased by Kent County Council specifically to create the park.[2]

Over 20,000 trees have been planted at the site including oak, ash, silver birch, wild cherry and crab apple. Five hectares of land has been seeded to create an area of open grassland. The Kent County Agricultural Society has a plot in the wood where it has planted 1,200 specifically Kent-grown trees, including oak, ash, hornbeam and crab apple.[3]

In 2009, EDF Energy replaced an overhead electricity cable running through the park with underground cabling to help restore the natural look of the area.[4]

The North Downs Way passes through the southern border of the park, between Detling and Broad Street.[5]


  1. ^ "White Horse Wood Country Park". Kent County Council. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "White Horse Wood Country Park". Visit Maidstone. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "1,200 trees to create new skyline". Kent Online. KM Group. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Power lines going underground". Kent Online. KM Group. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Neil Curtis; Jim Walker (2007). North Downs Way. Aurum. ISBN 978-1-84513-272-9. 

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