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By 1980 most of the Mockett estate had been sold off for development, leaving the area of woodland with its meadow edge where dairy cows once grazed "for the enjoyment of the people", the owner's wish. At that time it was locally known as The Paddocks, on account of horses being kept there.

In 1988/9 a nature conservation group Thanet Countryside Trust improved the field margin by undertaking its grading out with small trees and shrubs such as Field Maple, Hazel, Willow and Wayfaring Tree. However, in 1993 two voluntary tree wardens drew attention to planning applications from a local Doctor and a Sea Scout Group to build there. Much protest against these plans was brought to the attention of the Broadstairs and St. Peter's Town Council who backed the idea of having a voluntary group who would care for the wood and also seek ways to ensure its protection from development. The Friends of Mockett' s Wood was duly formed and the Forestry Authority approached who arranged for a survey and action plan for woodland maintenance. Alongside this, the group engaged in a long period of lobbying the Thanet District Council to recognise the overriding importance of nature conservation in Thanet. Despite this the surgery was built and land leased for a Sea Scout Group Headquarters building.

In 2000 The Broadstairs and St. Peter's Millennium Group sponsored the installation of a kissing gate at the bridle path entrance to Mockett's Wood. The event featured a 'bridal' pair kissing over the gate! On the 31st of January 2001 the ownership of an area of Mockett's Wood was transferred from Thanet District Council to Broadstairs and St. Peter's Town Council as a Centenary Community Woodland.

If you would like to learn more about wildlife by spending some time or helping in Mockett's Wood please contact:

Camille Sutton



The main approach to Mockett's Wood is via the free car park adjacent to the Co-op store in Hopeville avenue, St. Peters, Broadstairs CT10.

Exit via kissing gate, installed in 2000
or by a railling entrance further along

Visit the google maps site for detailed map