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Explore Jeskyns
(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

Latest News

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 Forest School Family Fun Day, 25th May 2015. 

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?

Well what a waste of time driving from Chatham to jeskyns park, it used tone a very dog friendly place but now they have to stay on leads in the majority of the place and now they're is a charge for parking, I walk my dogs several times a day so will definitely not be going back there again, and I will be telling all family and friends to find somewhere free to walk

Dave, 27/May/2015

The "on lead zone" covers only a small area of Jeskyns. At least 3/4 of Jeskyns remains off lead. In the light of significant public funding cuts, we have to start charging for car parking to ensure we can continue to maintain Jeskyns. We feel that the charges provide good value and that Jeskyns remains a great facility for everyone including dog walkers.

Forestry Commission Response

Love Jeskyns however disappointed with the pay to park. Should integrate the permit with cobham and Shorne as you are interlinked. Stopped using the others as they were charging to park. Will not stop using jeskyns and spread the word. 30 is not a lot if you had it over the three sites but 90 for the 3 is a lot and I get bored walking the same walk every day.

Amber, 20/May/2015

Thank you for your comments. I'm afraid that charges have become necessary due to cuts to the Forestry Commission's public funding. Shorne Woods Country Park is run by Kent County Council - a separate public body with their own funding difficulties - so unfortunately a joint pass is not possible at this time. We hope, however, that you will continue to visit Jeskyns.

Forestry Commission Response
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It's a great place to walk my dog on the gravel paths or off route. My only suggestion would be a few more poo bins regularly spaced out and occasional litter bin to keep the park tidy of litter and poo. A few more benches would be useful to. A great place to meet other friendly dog owners. I have no problem paying the charge if it keeps the park viable.

Betty, 12/May/2015

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and suggestion for more dog and litter bins. We currently have 14 dogs bins and 4 litter bins across site, but as we now have a source of income in the form of car park charges we may be able to consider installing more in the near future.

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Last updated: 05/11/2015

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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
  • 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


OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

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Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk - currently 9pm
1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual)
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