Cobham Woods

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Cobham Woods is an area of woodland, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) (), located between Strood, Cuxton and Cobham in Kent. Cobham Ashenbank Management Scheme The SSSI includes the arable land in the Ranscombe Farm country park and nature reserve.

The woodland is largely sweet chestnut coppice with some coniferous plantations, while the parkland is mature woodland, with some clearings, of oak, sweet chestnut, beech, hornbeam, and other species. The soils range from acidic Thanet Sands to Upper Cretaceous Chalk. Managed grazing by deer, created woodland pasture devoid of ground shrubs, this has reverted but is being re-established. The arable land, has been a noted spot for botanists since the 1690s, and references to it occur in books on Chalk Grassland.Wildflowers of Chalk and Limestone, J.E.Lousley, 1950, Collins New Naturalist, repub. ISBN 1-870630-54-8 p.58 see Hairy Mallow

Since 2005 the woodland has been cleared of some abandoned cars and the boundaries secured to prevent vehicular access. The Darnley Mausoleum is being reconstructed.

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