Shorne Woods' history

Mesolithic period

Flint tools discovered show the landscape has been used possibly as long as 12,000 years ago.

13th Century

In Randall Woods you'll find 4 ponds and the foundations of Randall Manor, home of Sir Henry de Cobham and his descendants.

Look out for the banks of Hollow Way, an old road which may pre-date the manor house.

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16th Century

Coppicing began in the late 1500s. You can see sawpits in Brewers Wood and old woodland ditches that helped to drain the coppice areas.

World War II

You can still see air raid shelters from an RAF billet camp and a D-Day era army camp.


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Creating the park

Kent County Council bought Shorne Wood in 1982 and opened the site as a country park in 1987.

We bought Randall Woods and Brewers Woods in 2001 and an additional 3 hectares of Brewers Wood in 2013. This then created Shorne Woods.