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Druidstone ParkSet in attractive gardens andwoodland, Druidstone caters for theimagination of all ages. Go on a walkthrough the enchanted bluebellwoodland and enjoy hands-onexperience with the deer, alpaca andmany farmyard animals. Play areas,undercover picnic spots, a café andgift shop all make for a great visit.Tel: 01227 765 168Web: www.druidstone.netWildwood TrustWildwood Wild Animal Park is a year-round experience for all the family setin 40 acres of ancient woodland andwith over 50 species of British wildlife.Enjoy special events, talks and feedsaround the park, adventure playzone,restaurant and picnic area.Tel: 01227 712 111Web: www.wildwoodtrust.orgEmail: info@wildwoodtrust.orgGoodnestone Park GardensSet in 14 acres with walled garden,arboretums, woodland and formal area.One of only three gardens in Kent to beawarded two stars in the Good GardenGuide. Visit the tea room for delicioushome made cakes and light lunchesmade with garden produce. House openfor pre-booked groups of 20.Tel: 01304 840 107Web: www.goodnestoneparkgardens.co.ukEmail: enquiries@goodnestoneparkgardens.co.ukMount Ephraim GardensMount Ephraim Gardens has plenty tooffer and delight visitors. Unwind in 10acres of enchanting Edwardian gardens,set in the heart of an 800-acre estatewith magnificent views over the Swaleestuary. Whether you choose to enjoy thetranquility of the Japanese gardens, takeon the challenge of the grass maze orjust relax on the tea room terrace,Mount Ephraim Gardens has the powerto charm you all.Tel: 01227 751 496Web: www.mountephraimgardens.co.ukEmail: info@mountephraimgardens.co.uk14www.canterbury.co.ukWildlife Parks and Gardens

Reculver Country ParkThe BleanThe Blean is one of the largest andmost distinctive areas of ancientwoodland in England. Enjoy the wideand varied wildlife and learn aboutsome of its history. Blean Woodssurrounds a number of attractivevillages where you can eat and drinkand find businesses selling a range oflocal products.Web: www.theblean.co.ukHambrook MarshesSet in the floodplain of the Great Stourjust outside Canterbury, HambrookMarshes is an area of natural marshland.The site provides visitors the opportunity toexplore an area of natural beauty. Duringthe summer months the marshes bloominto a beautiful wild flower and haymeadow, celebrated every year with theannual Haymaking Festival, where the hayis cut by the traditional method ofscything. Hambrook is the perfect locationfor a picnic.Tel: 01227 844 500Web: www.sekgroup.org.ukReculver Country Park is a uniqueplace with its open grassland, cliffand shoreline and is home to a largeand diverse collection of plants andwildlife. It is internationally importantfor wildlife because it is used eachwinter by thousands of migratorybirds.Web:www.canterbury.gov.uk/countrysidewww.canterbury.co.uk15The rare reedbeds are the largest in theSouth East and attract bearded reedlingsand bitterns. Bird lovers can also seeswallows and sand martins, terns, grebesand kingfishers through the year. The wetgrazing meadows and lagoons attract awide variety of ducks, geese and otherwildlife and you might even spot watervoles, weasels or even an otter. There arebird hides and an observation mound andinterpretation panels linked by footpathsthrough the reserve.Web: www.naturalengland.org.ukCountryside Stodmarsh NationalNature ReserveTraditional Kent oasts and thatched-roofhouses sit amongst historic villages,rolling hills and meadows all of whichtake on a completely different aspect asthe seasons change. For furtherinformation on the district's villages andcountryside, go to:www.canterbury.gov.uk/countryside.