, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), is about eight miles northeast of Faversham close to the A290.
This ancient woodland site contains several uncommon woodland types.
Sessile oak-beech predominates on the acidic sandy soils in the central and eastern parts of the wood. Hornbeam with pedunculate and sessile oak occurs on the clay soils of the western valley.
Other types are also present including small plantations of sweet chestnut coppice.
The wood has a diverse flora with over 250 higher plants and 300 fungi present. Large numbers of insects including three nationally rare species have been recorded.
The area also supports a diverse breeding bird community.
How to find Ellenden Wood
Take the A229 from Faversham. At the major roundabout just north of Whitstable, turn right on to the A290 towards Canterbury. The wood is about two miles farther, on the right-hand side. Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey
and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.