Discover some of England’s most historic and well-preserved natural woodland

Lying between the cathedral city of Canterbury and the towns of Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay, The Blean is one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in England – over 11 square miles.

The woods have been shaped by local people for over a thousand years. Today, our woodsmen and conservation teams continue to manage this unique landscape, rich in wildlife, that we enjoy today.

Visit The Blean and explore its heritage and wildlife….

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Wildlife & Heritage

More than half of The Blean is recognised as nationally important for wildlife. Today’s biodiversity is linked to the rich and unusually well documented history of the area.

Get involved

Get involved

From archaeology and wildlife through to practical conservation; join a local group or actively volunteer for The Blean.

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Visiting the Blean

The Blean is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year and with a network of pathways stretching 120 miles, it’s a fantastic area for walking, cycling, wildlife watching and horse riding.


The Blean Initiative is a partnership of local authorities, parish councils, conservation organisations and community groups working together to maintain and enhance the unique landscape, cultural heritage and biodiversity of The Blean for all those who live, work or visit here. The terms of reference provide more information on the background of the Blean Initiative, all the groups involved and the group’s aims and objectives.