Ancient woodland is defined as an area that has been wooded continuously since at least 1600 AD. It is a nationally important and threatened habitat, and its existence over hundreds of years has preserved irreplaceable ecological and historical features.
About 11% of the area of the borough is covered by ancient woodland. Some of it is protected by Tree Preservation Orders but national and local planning policies (para 118 of the National Planning Policy Framework and CC11 of the council’s Core Strategy) also seek to ensure that this irreplaceable resource is only lost in exceptional cases.
Details of the ancient woodland in the borough can be seen on our interactive maps (tick the ancient woodland box in the heritage folder in the map index) and further information from Natural England and the Revision of the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Ashford borough [pdf] 5MB.