Summary

Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.

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Brief description of site

Dartford Heath covers 127 hectares of historic common land, and is one of the largest areas of open space in Kent. It is lightly wooded with oak, birch and hawthorn. The site is registered Common Land, and designated as an area of Local Landscape Importance and a site of Nature Conservation Interest.

Location information:

Address: Heath Lane, DA1 2PN

Locality: Dartford

Local Authorities:

Kent; Dartford

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ521732
Latitude: 51.4374 Longitude: 0.186907

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal space for general public use. Please see:
http://www.dartford.gov.uk/dartfordheath/index.htm

Key information:

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 127

Description

Dartford Heath is accessible from Heath Lane, Dartford. This ancient common is one of the largest tracts of public open space in Kent. It is a lightly wooded heath of oak, birch and hawthorn with areas of open grassland, gorse and bracken.

Gravel, sand and chalk have been dug here for centuries, leaving large pits and mounds.

A series of trails are way-marked with intersecting narrower paths and some concrete roads that date from wartime use. The flora and fauna have been recorded and there is an abundance of bird species.

Owner: Dartford Borough Council

Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford,

External web site link: http://www.dartford.gov.uk/dartfordheath/index.htm

History

Features

pond

There are three ponds.

earthwork

Gravel, sand and chalk have been dug here for centuries, leaving large pits and mounds.

References

Organisations associated with this site

Kent Gardens Trust

Sources of information

A Presentation of Parks: A survey of amenity parks and gardens in Kent

Kent Gardens Trust A Presentation of Parks: A survey of amenity parks and gardens in Kent (Kent Gardens Trust) 11

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