Discover the Ightham Mote estate

Lying within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Ightham Mote estate covers 546 acres.

The estate is an ‘ancient’ landscape, with the farmland carved from the wood that once covered much of the Weald. Surrounding the house and garden, farmland occupies nearly 70% of the estate, with woodland making up about 28%.

Seasonal interest

A veteran tree sits in a field surrounded by crops being harvested

Mote Farm

The farm is a mix of arable fields, pastures, woodland and hedgerows. We’re working alongside a tenant farmer to ensure the farm remains a viable producer of food, whilst enhancing standards of conservation. Some field boundaries that were lost during the war are being reinstated to provide benefits to wildlife and increase the biodiversity on the site.

Close up of a barn owl's face

Wildlife

Our estate is packed with wildlife of all sizes, from the elusive dormouse to sika deer. Hedges have been planted to act as wildlife corridors, linking different areas of woodland to allow plants and animals to spread throughout the countryside. Some fallen trees are left to provide food and homes to insects, birds, mammals and fungi You may also see footprints and droppings of badgers and deer, as well as the feeding signs of mice and voles.

A pathway with wildflowers on the edges

Miles of footpaths 

Whether it's hiking, rambling or running you fancy, the estate is a fabulous place to enjoy the outdoors. You can follow one of our three waymarked routes, or design your own route with the different public footpaths, including the long distance path, the Greensand Way.

Three volunteers coppicing and clearing areas between trees

Coppicing at Ightham Mote

Do you like to see wildflowers, especially the carpet of bluebells with their intoxicating scent? This year we've been coppicing in Scathes Wood to help strengthen the established trees and help continue improve the biodiversity of the wood.

The ranger team

It would be impossible to conserve this estate without a loyal band of committed volunteers and staff, headed up by our Lead Ranger, Andy Goodwin, and Apprentice Ranger, Eleanor Swan.