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Chilston Pines & Ponds

Location: Our site is the northern edge of the old Chilston Park, Lenham Heath Road, Sandway.

Size: 25 acres

Part of the historic Chilston Park area, a historic parkland site with local wildlife site status. The 25 acre area owned by HCC is split in 2 by the High Speed 1 railway, 1 half having an ice pond and being closer to the White Horse pub, the other being easily recognised from the M20 by the well known pine trees on this sloping site. HCC raised nearly £100,000 to cover the cost of purchase and surveys, and now has the responsibility of managing this site.

Further Information about Chilston Pines and Ponds can be found in our downloadable Education Pack:

icon HCC Education Pack : Part 5 - Chilston Pines and Ponds (1.11 MB)

Chilston Ponds

Chilston ponds once formed part of the main entrance to Chilston Park (now a hotel) and dates back to the 18th century.  Ancient oaks still survive in this historic parkland.  Remnants 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.

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Chilston Pines

The remaining Pine 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.

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We are very grateful for the grants that funded the purchase of this site, provided by  Heritage Lottery Fund, Rail Link Countryside Initiative, Maidstone Borough Council, Kent County Council Countryside Partnerships Small Grants Scheme.


Heaths Countryside Corridore

Charity No: 1097080 Company No: 4504311

This project has been made possible by the enormous help of the Rail Link Countryside Initiative (David Standen), Mid-Kent Downs Project (Sally Evans, Mike Phillips), Kentish Stour Countryside Project (Debbie Adams) and Kent Wildlife Trust (Neil Coombes) to whom we are very grateful.


Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership KSCP KWT Kent Downs
HLFLogo CA Action Earth RLCI CSV
MBC Ashford Borough Council

Our Supporters

We are particularly grateful to the following supporters of the Heaths Countryside Corridor. If you’d like a link to your company to appear here, become a Corporate Member of HCC!

AJ & NM Carr Ltd (Coach company)
Pivington Mill, Pluckley, Tel: 01233 840651

CL2 (Hairdresser)
Cranbrook, 01580 715456, enquiries@cl2.co.uk, www.cl2.co.uk

Grafty Green Gardening Club

JKW Alexander Ltd (local farm)
Sandway, 01622 858348, kennethalexander@btconnect.com

Lenham Ironmongers Ltd (Household Stores)
Lenham, 01622 858286

Sharen Cain (certified accountant)
Lenham Heath, 01622 851851, sharen.cain@btconnect.com

The White Horse (Traditional Brithish & Authentic Mexican Cuisine)
Sandway, 01622 859511,  www.the-white-horse.com

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