The Mens

A large wild area of ancient woodland in the Low Weald.

The unusual name of this area comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘ge-mænnes’, meaning common land. There are great towering cathedrals of beech, their high canopy filtering bright green light to the forest floor in the spring sunshine. Elsewhere oaks of different shapes and sizes form a more intimate atmosphere with typical ancient woodland trees such as wild service, midland hawthorn, and spindle.