In collaboration with Heart of Kent Walking Festival, we premiered our new accessible route through Kings Wood near Challock.
We had picked a day amongst most which have had torrential downpours, so unfortunately the ground was muddy in places. It's been recorded as the wettest March since 1981.
The two walk leaders Gini Mitchell 🌻♿🌱] and @walks.words.wellbeing focused on the surrounding trees in this @forestryengland location.
It was lovely to see spring flowers emerging such as Primrose, Lesser Celandine, Sweet Violet, Daisies, Dandelions and wild marjoram..
We also stopped to listen and observe our feathered friends.. a family of long tailed tits, Chif Chaf, Great Tit, Crows, Robin and some other birdsong which we couldn't quite identify at the time.
We connected with some of the older tree specimens which intersperse with Coppiced Beech, Chestnut, Silver Birch and rows of tall straight Pine trees.
An old warty pair of Hornbeams took our interest, which was a habitat for a range of fungus, galls and mosses.
We were mostly lucky with the weather but eventually the heavens opened for a shower, and the wheelers adorned their ponchos to keep as dry as possible.
We look forward to our next visit as the vast carpet of Bluebells will be in its splendour.
📸 Gini Mitchell 🌻♿🌱]
Heart of Kent Walking Festival]