2:00pm - 4:00pm


Woodland Trust, Hucking Estate, Detling near Maidstone,, Kent United Kingdom


Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM South Eastern branch

Event description 

The Woodland Trust’s Hucking Estate is in the Kent Downs AONB. It consists of a mix of ancient and planted secondary woodland, along with areas of arable and species-rich chalk grassland. Since purchasing the site and additional adjacent ancient woodland, the trust have undertaken a restoration project to convert some of the arable land into native grassland and to create more sections of woodland, while retaining the species-rich chalk grassland habitat where it is established.

Clive Stewart, the site manager of the estate, will give a guided tour and talk about the project. Clive will give insight into the Woodland Trust management plan, the conservation work and biodiversity of the woodland estate, protective measures and risks to the woodland and their importance.

The attendee will be able to enjoy the open space while gaining an insight into the biodiversity opportunities with the woodland area and see the various habitats first hand. There will be an opportunity for questions and to learn more about the woodland restoration process, risks to woodland and sources of funding and carbon opportunities.

After the tour there will be a social/networking opportunity at the Hook and Hatchet pub for those that have time to stop or if you can’t join the event perhaps meet us there post event.

Part of the CIWEM Land & Water Management site visit series.

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About the speaker

Clive Steward

Clive Steward is the Site Manager at the Woodland Trust’s Hucking Estate. The estate is a mix of ancient and planted secondary woodland and open grassland set in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Clive has vast experience of managing ancient woodlands across the Kent area, the habitats and wildlife associated with the woodlands and grasslands that he manages, funding opportunities and the protection and conservation work delivered by the woodland trust.

Clive has been involved in the Woodland Trusts successful bid for the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Part of this funding allowed planting to be carried out at a country park site, Park Wood near Chilham in Kent an SSSI site and vital ancient woodland restoration to be carried out at Dering Wood an irreplaceable ancient woodland near Ashford, Kent which has been continuously wooded since at least the early Medieval period and is mentioned in the Domesday book.

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

Please note there is limited capacity at this event. Bookings must be made through 'My CIWEM' using the above booking link and are only confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Should you be unable to attend the event after booking, please cancel to allow other delegates to take the place.

If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance for any reason, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

If you have any queries about this talk, please contact Michaela James at Michaela.james@southeastwater.co.uk.

About the venue and getting there

About the venue

There are no facilities at this event, but nearby fuel stations on the A249 and the Hook and Hatchet pub have toilet facilities. There is a large picnic table by the car park that can be used and we will plan to stay for a quick drink at the Hook and Hatchet post event for anyone who would like to socialise, network and/or learn more about CIWEM.

Please note terrain will be uneven and possibly muddy dependant on weather nearer the time of the event, so sensible footwear and wellies advisable if it has been wet on the run up or day of the event. Although the woodland will afford some protection, open areas will be exposed to the elements, sunny, wet or windy whatever the weather. Appropriate outdoor clothing for walking recommended as per weather conditions on the day.

Travelling to the venue

As part of CIWEM's commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergency we would encourage delegates to use the most sustainable means of transport possible.

There is a car park approximately 1.2 km from the Hook and Hatchet pub on Church Road, east of Hucking village which is free for all visitors. Follow the brown tourist signs from the A249 (via M20 Junction 7) to reach the site. The nearest bus stop is at Hollingbourne Church, approximately one and a half miles walk along road and footpaths to the closest entrance at Hucking. The nearest railway station is at Hollingbourne (other stations in the area are Sittingbourne, Maidstone and Bearsted if travelling to these let the organiser know as we may be able to co-ordinate pick-ups and/or taxi shares with other attendees) – about a 35 minute walk from the southern end of the site. OS Explorer 148, Landranger 188, TQ843575.

As this is an in-person event, please remain vigilant to control the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe.

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