Crane Valley LNR is a lovely little 1.5ha nature haven with woodland, wet meadow, a stream and scrub – offering great habitat for wildlife and a beautiful green space for people to enjoy.
It lies in the heart of Cranbrook town, just behind the Co-op car park and adjacent to the recreation ground. The Kent High Weald Partnership help to manage the reserve on behalf of Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council. They run volunteer conservation tasks and public events each year either funded by the council or by external one-off funding opportunities such as the Lottery. The current works have been funded by the Sussex Lund Fund.
It is a compact and diverse site and is well used by residents on their way to and from the shops in the high street.
The nature reserve is partly accessible by boardwalk giving easy access to the site along its northern boundary.The path along the southern side of the reserve is in the process of being boardwalked but the remaining sections are unsurfaced and in relatively good condition. (it can get muddy in the winter)
An interpretation board describeing the site and its wildlife interest, and is situated in the eastern end of marshy area, near the boardwalk.