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Ghost hunters accused of damaging woodland

By T.K. Randall
October 8, 2017 · Comment icon 16 comments



Dering Wood is also known as the 'Screaming Wood'. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Robin Webster
Paranormal enthusiasts have been inadvertently damaging an area of allegedly haunted forest.
Dering Wood, a 400-acre area of woodland situated between the villages of Smarden and Pluckley, has become so synonymous with stories of ghosts over the years that it is often referred to as the 'Screaming Wood' or 'the most haunted wood in England'.

Several witnesses claim to have seen the ghost of a gypsy woman who accidentally burnt herself to death there or a schoolmaster who allegedly hanged himself from one of the trees.

Most recently, a spate of TV shows covering the forest's haunted reputation have resulted in an influx of visitors ranging from paranormal investigators to documentary film crews.

Sadly though, this has ended up having a negative impact on the forest and on the area in general.
"People have always been drawn to Dering Wood because of its haunted reputation," said a spokesman for the Woodland Trust.

"But a number of recent TV programmes has led to a significant increase in overnight visitors."

"A lot of damage is being done to the local habitat, with flowers and bushes being trampled and nocturnal wildlife being disturbed. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the woods responsibly, but these people are not only causing a nuisance, they are also abandoning all their equipment."

A security firm has since been employed to escort people out of the woods after dark.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (16)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nzo 5 years ago
Don't damage the forest or environment! What kind of people go out of there way to visit a spot and damage it? How is it that the environment always gets the poop end of the stick? Let me tell you what you will see there, NOTHING! because it's all 100% made up. People just having fun with other people's imaginations. No need to disturb the occupants of the forest.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Calibeliever 5 years ago
First rule of ghost hunting: leave it better than you found it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by I'mConvinced 5 years ago
I thought the first rule of ghost hunting was to buy photoshop in a sale. That product is expensive! 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
It's why I can't stand Jersey Devil hunters. Idiots!
Comment icon #11 Posted by UFOwatcher 5 years ago
They left their equipment behind. Equipment? I could see them leaving trash but not equipment. Any investigators go missing? I'm guessing not and it's probably junk and trash that was left. Shame.
Comment icon #12 Posted by EBE Hybrid 5 years ago
Makes a change for the ghost hunting community to create a situation where the Woodland Trust resort to hiring security, it's usually the dogging community!!! ha
Comment icon #13 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
Borley springs to mind similar thing used to happen there crops getting trampled,littered left behind and cars parked all over the place the last time I went there it was grim 
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aquila King 5 years ago
This is what happens when you turn what should be a scientific endeavor into a hobby for thrill seekers.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
I forgot to say being a keen birder this is the reason I gave up going up and down the country on mass twitches 
Comment icon #16 Posted by rashore 5 years ago
You are right when you say you are not saying it's not right. Also not right is saying such things happen when one boasts, one should just expect bad things to happen. Just no. Just because an area boasts ghosts, that is not justification for accepting folks leaving behind trash, wrecked tents, starting fires, burning bad crap, disturbing the wildlife, and generally causing such a nasty wake that security has to be brought in to curb it.  Just no.  


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