Entries by kentishstourteam1066

KCC Strategic Commissioning group join us at Whitehall Meadows

Kent County Council’s Strategic Commissioning group volunteered with us at Whitehall Meadows in Canterbury last week. This team are responsible for the important task of commissioning services for the county’s elderly folk, so it was great to be able to provide them with a well-earned break from the office. Everyone got stuck in, despite being […]

Garden restoration at the Canterbury Support Unit

The A-team ( Ashford Volunteers) came to the rescue of the Canterbury Adult Support Unit to help make their garden space more accessible for their service users and attractive to wildlife.  After clearing overgrown shrubs, a conifer hedge, a small pond and ground elder from beds, the team replanted with donated plants and put up […]

Pond Restorations at Coldharbour Farm, Egerton

KCC councillor Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, joined KSCP to see four recently completed pond restorations at Coldharbour Farm, Egerton. The works were funded by Natural England’s District Level Licensing Scheme to help local Great Crested Newt populations. Once winter rainfall fills these former minepit ponds, we will go back and […]

New Interpretative panels

KSCP have produced two new interpretive panels, working with Forestry England, for King’s Wood at Challock and Clowes Wood near Chestfield. KSCP have worked with the Forestry Commission over many years helping them to deliver biodiversity, access and community projects. King’s Wood is one of the largest woods in Kent whilst Clowes is part of the […]

River Dipping Fun!

Thankfully the rain stopped for a few hours on Saturday morning and we were able to host our River Fun day on Kingsmead Field. River Dipping was of course the most popular activity with some great finds including wriggly elvers and bullhead fish with beautiful markings on their fins. Thank you to everyone who came […]

Cummins staff join in with a weekly volunteer task.

Employees from Cummins (engineering manufacturers) joined in with our regular Thursday volunteers at Hambrook Marshes, Canterbury on the scheduled weekly volunteer task. Despite wearing waders, the Cummins staff got muddy removing reed mace from the ponds, while the regulars cleared scrub from around the viewing platform.  

Barn Owl Box Project reaches a milestone!

KSCP yesterday, reached a landmark in our Barn Owl Box project: the final free box was installed near Stourmouth. Now, there are 20 more barn owl boxes in the lower Stour valley than there were at the start of the year. The aim of the careful placement of these boxes has been an attempt to increase the […]

Givaudan -The Great Stour Meadow & its 20th anniversary

Givaudan and KSCP have been working together since 1999 to create and enhance habitats for wildlife in the shadow of one of Ashford’s largest factory complexes. The site was converted from an arable field in the late 1990s. Today, as a nature reserve, it sits on the edge of Ashford beside the Great Stour River […]

Caring For God’s Acre – Goodnestone.

Caring for God’s Acre, a charity, works nationally to support groups and individuals to investigate, care for, and enjoy burial grounds and places of worship. There are over 20,000 burial grounds in England and Wales, that  span different cultures, religions and centuries. These sites , in addition to their historical value, offer much needed refuge for our native wildlife. But the heritage value […]

A meeting with Tony Juniper re- the District Level Licensing scheme

Jon Shelton and Annie Thurgarland joined Tony Juniper, Chairman of Natural England, and others, recently to discuss the District Level Licensing scheme for Great Created Newts. Kent was the first county to run the scheme last year which offers developers an alternative approach to mitigating for Great Crested Newts. Natural England are now promoting the scheme […]