About us

We are on a mission to inspire a love of the woods.

Whilst walking amongst the bluebells with our boys and dogs in 2012, we decided to open up our private and beautiful ancient woodland so that you could come and enjoy it too. We worked closely with Kent Wildlife Trust to find a way to get families and indeed anyone into this wonderful place whilst working to enhance the biodiversity at the same time.

As an environmental engineer, a farmer and a father, I could see it was increasingly important that we get all children engaged with nature and all that it has to offer.  Battling the ipad with the den and the campfire. Since then, the need in all of us for this connection to nature and to each other has become even more clear.

We’ve created an experience that is as close to wild camping as possible, with fires and space enough to feel like you are nearly on your own in the woods but with lovely hot showers and composting loos for a few creature comforts.

I really hope you will enjoy it and create some amazing memories here.

Guy Nevill.

The Wider Estate

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Badgells Wood sits in one corner of 250 acre Whitehorse wood and right next to the chalk grassland of the north downs. It is part of Birling Estate, 2000 acres in the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Originally created as a deer park in the time of William the Conqueror when he gave the land to his brother Odo and owned since 1435 by the Nevill family. [click for photo gallery]. There are many footpaths crossing the Estate for you to enjoy, including the Pilgrims Way, North Downs Way and the Weald Way.

Our Wardens

Badgells Wood is run by Karina and our amazing team (you can spot them by their staff t-shirts). You’ll get a warm welcome on arrival and some pointers if you need them. Please let them know if you need any help (such as lighting fires in the rain) or have any questions about the site or the surrounding area and they will do their best to help out.

Our Experience Team

We have put together a range of themed weekends and regular sessions to help you craft your stay into a more complete experience. From bushcraft and archery to forest bathing, photography and wildlife walks.

Robin leads our in-house bushcraft team and we are working in partnership with Kate and Tansy, who provide incredibly immersive and relaxing forest bathing sessions; award-winning photographer Sarah Medway and Kent Wildlife Trust ecologist, Neil, for our guided walks. We are also working on further sessions to provide foraging and wild/wood-fire cooking and feasts; keep checking-in for these.