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Website: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/woods

About this wood

Small but packed with interest, Friezland Wood on the Kent-East Sussex border is something of a British rarity, thanks to the unusual rock formations on its western side. Rising out of the highest cliffs of the Weald, the Ardingly Sandstone rock formations are so unusual they have earned part of the site SSSI status and nurtured a rich mixture of lichens, ferns and bryophytes.

Set on a steep north-facing slope, the site has three distinct sections: its upper slopes feature oak, ash, alder and birch with an abundance of wood anemones, bluebells and some bramble. The vertical rocks support yew, sessile oak and holly, with a flatter area supporting a stand of alder with nettles, buttercups and celandines.

Popular with local people, Friezland has a good network of paths though some can get muddy and waterlogged in winter.

The remains of a hill fort, dating back to 150 – 50BC survives a short distance from the southwest boundary of this ancient woodland.

Size: 7.69 ha (19.00 acres)

Near: Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Grid ref: TQ562383

OS map sheets:

  • OS Landranger 188
  • Explorer 135
  • Explorer 147