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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Discover brand new woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows at Jeskyns Community Woodland.  Come and watch it grow

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Jeskyns Farm. North KentGet the most up to date information about what is happening at Jeskyns such as the introduction of parking charges from the 2nd March 2015.
 

Superworm Activity Trail

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Join Superworm on his forest adventure! Take part in  our self-led Superworm Activity Trail  from 13 March 2015. Purchase your fun activity pack from the cafe (£3.50). 

Events and Activities

Whatever the season join us for fun and informative events and activities such as the Jeskyns Young Farmers Easter Event on Sat 4th April. 

Responsible dog owners welcomed!

Jeskyns Dog Club mascot 1Jeskyns is a great place to have fun with your pooch. Why not join our free Jeskyns Dog Club and help us to promote responsible dog ownership?

What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

I used to visit Jeskyns regularly with the dogs and organising dog walking parties. You recently have pay and display 1.50 for all day but most of us only come to walk the dogs for 1 or 2 hours. Will now be going to riverside country park Rainham and mote park. Will not be returning.

Anonymous, 17/Apr/2015

In the light of significant public funding cuts, we have to start charging for car parking to ensure we can continue to manage and maintain Jeskyns. Without raising this income Jeskyns cannot continue. Visitors can buy an annual pass for 30. This equates to 60p per week which we feel provides very good value for money for our most regular visitors many of whom are dog walkers.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Well my daughter and I have just returned from a walk at Jeskyns. We like Jeskyns because it is nice and open and, in particular because of the enclosed training area for our dog who has a bit of problem with selective hearing. I agree with a previous contributor that a dog poo bin would be a marvellous idea - I really cannot understand why people don't just pick it up anyway! Anyway I wanted to write and say that we decided to stop and have a drink and a Panini at the Caf and it really was delicious, well presented and didn't take too long to arrive. It's not the cheapest but I have to say it was really enjoyable and such a marvellous asset to have in a park like this. If you were to decide to open the caf into the evening during the Summer and maybe provide more more seating then I'm sure you would make an absolute fortune. Well done Jeskyns - it's so unusual to find a little caf that does decent grub!

Ali, 14/Apr/2015

Thank you very much for your comments, glad you enjoyed your visit. We will ensure that they are passed on to the cafe staff too.

Forestry Commission Response

Hello,

Today in the training area I discovered a group / family of very small children being treated to a picnic!

Yesterday I arrived to find a family having a game of football and a separate group of children racing their bikes around the encloser.

This is the only enclosed part of the park reserved for the training of undiscipled dogs and probably the area with the greatest amount of dog faeces per square metre.

If the children's play area is (and should be) a 'dog free' zone, shouldn't the training area be a 'child free' zone before some child becomes chronically ill or hurt by a out of control dog?

How much would it cost to install a bin for faeces in this area? Could you re-locate a bin that does not see much use?

Patrick Johnston, 10/Apr/2015

I am sorry to hear that you have encountered some inconsiderate people in the dog training area and appreciate how frustrating this can be at times. However, as most dog organisations state that all members of the family should be involved in the training and socialisation of the family pet, we feel that banning children from the training area would not be appropriate. Jeskyns is a busy site and in situations like this we have to rely upon the common sense of the majority of our visitors, but do appreciate that there will always be a minority who perhaps are not quite so sensible and that this can sometimes cause inconvenience for other visitors. With regards to the placement of a dog bin in this area, this is a good idea and is something that is being considered as part of our spending plan for this financial year if budgets allow.

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Last updated: 04/07/2015

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 10am to 3pm.
  • Cycling
  • Cycles welcome to use all paths - but please give way to pedestrians.
  • Horse riding
  • Dedicated grass horse trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from www.dfok.co.uk
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual)
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets open during cafe opening hours (10am - 3pm daily).
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

Get directions

Contact

Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118
jeskynsranger@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk - currently 8pm
Parking
1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual)
Discovery Pass
30
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