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Early purple orchids at Ranscombe. © Plantlife

Early purple orchids at Ranscombe. © Plantlife

Whether it be enjoying our carpets of bluebells in the spring, summer picnics in a sun-filled glade, or autumn walks in misty woodland, Ranscombe can offer it all. And if you enjoy wild flowers, the reserve is famous for them…

Ranscombe Farm is Plantlife's largest nature reserve in England, with a total area of over 250 hectares (620 acres). Its rolling landscape includes arable farmland, large areas of ancient woodland and fragments of chalk grassland, and offers superb views across the surrounding countryside.

Ranscombe Farm has been known for hundreds of years as an important site for rare wildflowers. One of Britain’s rarest wildflowers, Meadow Clary, was first found in the UK at Ranscombe in 1699, and still survives in the same spot.

Plantlife manages Ranscombe Farm in partnership with Medway Council, and the reserve now also benefits from an important grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
You are welcome to visit at any time, but remember that Ranscombe Farm is a working farm, so please respect crops and livestock and keep to the marked paths.

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You can contact the Ranscombe Team by writing to

Ranscombe Farm Project Office
Court Farm, Pilgrims Road
Upper Halling
Rochester
Kent
ME2 1HR

E-mail: ranscombe@plantlife.org.uk.

Telephone: 01634 245413