The Wildart Trail highlights and celebrates features of the native woods, a walk of discovery through different habitats within a beautiful ancient woodland setting, with a surprise around every corner (see leaflet).
Kent Wildlife Trust’s art and sensory, all-access trail in Thornden Wood, between Canterbury and Herne Bay uses natural, local materials to create sustainable, non-invasive artwork which blends into the surroundings. The use of sustainable materials is essential on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and means that the artwork can evolve and change through the years; as pieces begin to decay, new artwork can be created and installed.
Enter the trail between wildlife totem poles, follow the path past log cabin insect homes and see if you can spot the heron in the tree. There’s an empty frame by the path, a work in progress. Ants keep guard around their nest. See the woodland workshop, where the woodsmen are just taking a break and look at the dazzling bark of the silver birch trees.
The Radfall is an ancient droveway, with banks and ditches on either side, where livestock such as pigs, would be led between Canterbury and the coast. Wildlife images, created from drawings by children from local schools, are carved onto coppiced tree stumps along the Radfall, and look out for living willow structures.
On the way round the trail, there are five wooden woodpeckers; three of these are obvious but can you spot the other two? The raptor on its nest at the top of a tall Scots Pine is hard to miss, but it’s easy to walk past the arch, blending in with its natural surroundings.
Mini totems, carved with images of wildlife found in the woods, edge the path back to the car park, also from drawings by local children.
Parking is available on Thornden Wood Road, with space for blue badge holders and people with young children to park on the same side of the road as the all-access path.
Thornden Wood Road, between Tyler Hill & Greenhill
Post code: CT6 7NZ | Map ref: TR 143 633
For more information, please contact the Blean Project Officer on 01227 719506.