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The Hucking Estate is a protected woodland that rewards visitors with stunning views out across the Weald.


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Hucking Estate

The Hucking Estate is a protected woodland that also rewards visitors with stunning views out across the Weald. The estate is managed by the Woodland Trust, who have been working to protect and restore the ancient woodland alongside other habitats such as chalk grasslands and link these all together for the benefit of wildlife.

Since 1997 they have planted 180,000 trees, recreated 55 hectares of grassland and planted nearly a mile of new hedgerows. 

Explore this Geosite and discover a beautiful landscape, a wealth of wildlife and fascinating heritage – chalk grassland, chalk pits, deneholes, veteran trees, flowers, droveways, rides and glades. 

About Geosites

Geosites are sites of geological interest across the aspiring UNESCO Cross-Channel Global Geopark, where people can visit and interact with our geological heritage. This wide range of sites will offer varying opportunities and values including cultural, heritage, scientific, educational, and aesthetic.

Folkestone pebbled beach, blue sea and clear skies, with cliffs in the distance.

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About the aspiring UNESCO Cross-Channel Global Geopark

Hundreds of thousands of years ago a catastrophic flood swept away the chalk ridge connecting Dover and Calais, carving out the white cliffs of Dover and starting Britain’s history as an island.

Did you know the Kent and French coasts are actually still connected today by the layer of chalk which runs below the Channel?

In celebration of the chalk and the channel, we are working to secure UNESCO Cross-Channel Global Geopark status for the Kent Downs National Landscape together with our neighbouring protected landscape in France; the Parc Naturel Regional des Caps et Marais d’Opale.

The Geopark will include both the protected landscapes and the Channel connecting them, recognising and celebrating the geological connection between us.

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