A beautiful and enchanting area, this is a haven for all kinds of bird, butterfly, and amphibian and plant life. William Willett, the leader of the movement to have British Summer Time recognised, is remembered by a stone memorial. A similar commemoration can also be viewed in the Edlmann Memorial Wood for its donor, Colonel Edlmann, owner of the Hawkwood Estate before the Hall family, who donated the site to the National Trust in 1927. Colonel Edlmann purchased the wood to prevent development and his wishes have been honoured. This property covers over 138 hectares, and comprises the working farm of Hawkwood and the woodland of Petts Wood.
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The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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