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%.
As the weather becomes warmer, wildlife, trees and wildflowers come alive across the Ightham Mote estate, while and birdsong fills the air.
The summer brings plenty of opportunity to get close to the wild and bird life on the estate. Pause on one of our waymarked walks to enjoy magnificent views, the shade of our mature trees and colourful summer butterflies.
Autumn can be a time for crisp clear days which offer glorious views across the Kent countryside from our estate walks. Autumn can also bring magical misty mornings and stunning sunsets.
With fewer leaves on the trees, this time of year gives an opportunity to spot birds living on the estate during the winter months, like the robin, chaffinch and goldfinch.
The ranger team
It would be impossible to conserve this estate without a loyal band of committed volunteers and staff, headed up by Andy Goodwin (Lead Ranger), Steve Heywood (Ightham Mote Ranger), and Eleanor Swan (Apprentice Ranger).