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Basted Mills Public Open Space

Basted Open Mills Lake

Basted Mills Public Open Space (BMPOS) nestles between 4 Parishes: Borough Green, Ightham, Platt and Plaxtol. It offers a haven for wildlife and allows visitors to wander through its many paths and enjoy the quiet joys of the countryside.

Basted Mill is approximately one mile south from the centre of Borough Green. The nearest postcode is TN15 8PG, which will take you north of the public open space.

Please consider other ways of getting here than using a vehicle. There is no car park and very little on road parking available around this public open space.

Basted Mill public open space covers an area of about 17 acres.

The area name of Basted Mill comes from the old Basted paper mill. The mill is known to have been in operation in 1716. Although it burnt down in 1917 it was rebuilt and worked by steam power until 1960. It finally closed after damage suffered in the floods of September 1968. The mill supplied paper used for postage stamps.

The main areas of interest are the:

  • old mill pond so water safety should be considered when visiting this public open space
  • lower and upper meadows
  • woodland

There are signposted walks through the woods and tree information signs. There is also a picnic area on the lower meadow.