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This slice of Kent countryside is now even bigger

Hucking Estate first came into our care in 1997. At the time, it was our largest wood in England. Then, 20 years later, a piece of land went up for sale next door.

Thanks to your support, we were able to buy this extra land. That means more space for wildlife to thrive, more space for people to roam, and more of this special landscape protected for the future.

Male linnet perched on a branch

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More room for wildlife

Specialist plants will have more space to spread from a bank of rare chalk grassland. With careful restoration, the bare farmland we've bought next door will be a sanctuary for meadow vetchling and lady's bedstraw, as well as linnets, corn buntings and small heath butterflies. 

Couple on a bench among bluebells at Hucking Esate

Credit: Nick Spurling / WTML

More room for people

Hucking is one of our top ten woods for bluebells. With even more space to explore, visitors can enjoy longer walks through carpets of colour each spring and summer.  

Visit for yourself

Woodland path through Hucking Estate

A Woodland Trust Wood

Hucking Estate

Hollingbourne

281.71 ha (696.11 acres)

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The future of Hucking Estate

Our work here doesn't stop now that the purchase is complete. Our plans for Hucking Estate over the next 50 years include:

  • removing more than a mile of barbed wire fencing between the extension and the rest of the site, allowing visitors the freedom to roam and explore
  • caring for the 238,000 native trees planted here over the last 20 years as they mature into new woodland
  • restoring the rare and sensitive chalk grassland habitat for special flowers, declining butterflies and endangered birds
  • managing the coppice woodland for the benefit of wildlife and flowers.

There's still time to help

We can't do any of this without you. By donating to our Hucking Estate fund, you'll make it possible for our work to continue.

Whatever you choose to give, donating online is secure, quick and cost effective, so more money goes directly towards supporting our work at Hucking Estate.

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