We are very lucky to have such a beautiful site. Not only are we located in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Whitehorse Wood is also a designated Local Wildlife Site and the adjacent escarpment and chalk downland are both SSSI’s – Sites of Special Scientific Interest – home to rare species.
Conserving this natural environment is of the utmost importance to us. Whilst some damage is inevitable due to tramping and fires, we are trying to keep this to a minimum so that the surroundings remain as a habitat for wildlife and a beautiful backdrop to your visit. Please keep to your fire-pit, your pitch and the footpaths so that the undergrowth remains.
Kent Wildlife Trust have prepared a Conservation Management Plan for the camp and surrounding woodland which helps to set out the key measures. Bats, badgers and bluebells are high on the list.
We also provide recycling facilities and biodegradable washing-up liquid and shower gel. Please use them. All of our waste-water goes to a soakaway in the woods and we want to keep down the use of detergents.
We are in the process of trying to provide more information on the woodland ecology and the species that we have identified within the woods. In the meantime, please do print off the nature trail leaflet and bring it along. We have the answers available in the office.