18.84 ha (46.55 acres)

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Explorer 147
OS Landranger 187

Lying in the vicinity of Downe House, home to the naturalist Charles Darwin, these two woods contain ancient woodland and are important wildlife habitats. Furthermore five orchid species and the uncommon autumn gentian are found here.


  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Autumn colour
  • Spring flowers
  • Grassland
  • Broadleaved woodland
Early purple orchid with blurred background

A lasting legacy

This wood is just one of many to have been protected by gifts in wills, securing it for generations to come. Your legacy gift could also make a real difference to woods, trees and wildlife.

Learn what your gift could mean


Blackbush & Twenty Acre Shaw Woods Management Plan

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