QuotesSweet flower! Of all that bloom by hill or glen Through smiling Kent, there’s none I love like thee For thour’st the truest type of true born men Hardy unbought, untamable and free...”
The Amicci, ‘The Fly Orchis’
(lines on a fly orchis found on the brow of Boxley Hills) (1836)

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Reflecting on the project: Year one

Reflecting on the project: Year one

Beginning in May 2017, Old Chalk New Downs set out to deliver a new approach to chalk grassland management and restoration, recognising that people needed to engage with their natural environment if they were to be encouraged to protect it. With...

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 Is a chainsaw wildlife’s best friend?

Is a chainsaw wildlife’s best friend?

Preservation of trees is a topic that raises great passion in many with an interest in Conservation. Mention a chainsaw and many will strap themselves to a tree to save it. Britain’s natural state was once a wooded...

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Kentish women in agriculture during World War One; Lest We Forget.

Kentish women in agriculture during World War One; Lest We Forget.

Many people will be familiar with stories of the British Land Girls of the Second World War. This land army fought in the fields of home, keeping the national agriculture going and doing “their bit” as their menfolk...

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Not All Bobble Hats and Backpacks!

Not All Bobble Hats and Backpacks!

The Old Chalk New Downs project encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the Kent Downs with Kent’s newest walking festival. You probably took your first, eager steps around your first birthday, but as you get older, spend...

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Conservation Grazing

Conservation Grazing

Hundreds of years ago, Kent was covered by mixed woodland. Then man began to make clearings for farming and grazing animals kept the regrowth of shrubs and trees at bay. This allowed other species which prefer more open spaces to...

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Chalkland Events 2018-19

Chalkland Events 2018-19

Old Chalk New Downs Events Family fun, guided walks , volunteering and more… April 2019 Hedgerow Training Survey Course - Monday April 29th - 10am - 3.30pm This course will take people through a structured approach to carrying out an ecological...

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Money for Old Chalk

Money for Old Chalk

Chalk grassland is now a rare and fragmented habitat of international importance. The UK holds 50% of the world’s chalk grassland and in Kent, we have around 1900 hectares (5%), a fraction of what we used to have. This fragmentation is...

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Spring is in the air.

Spring is in the air.

The recent weather may have had us all shivering, but Spring is certainly in the air. The first day of Spring, St Brigid’s Day, Imbolc or February 1st, seems to most of us a little early and wintery...

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Help Our Hedgerows!

Help Our Hedgerows!

Mention hedging and many people will think of garden chores and neighbourhood boundaries, without realising the extent and value of our county's field margins. These long rows of bushes, often interspersed with trees, divide up our landscape, preventing livestock...

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Ecosystem Services – branding Nature for a sustainable future.

Ecosystem Services – branding Nature for a sustainable future.

Today, it seems if you want to sell something or encourage people to value it, it must be packaged, branded and marketed. Those of us who love Nature, wild places and the flora and fauna that rely on us to...

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Learn New Skills - our training for Winter and Spring.

Learn New Skills - our training for Winter and Spring.

Brushcutter training  Lantra registered One of the key skills needed on a hands-on conservation workday is safe, efficient use of a brushcutter. Come and learn while helping with the management of a key site for chalkland species. ...

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So, what IS a Chalkland Champion?

So, what IS a Chalkland Champion?

I was asked this question just the other day and I realised that our Chalkland Champion label needed a definition. It's a phrase that ran off the tongue early in the start of the project and covers quite a...

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Chalkland Champions

Chalkland Champions

Come and join us for the launch of the Old Chalk New Downs project - a celebration of Kent's Chalk Downland, its rare species, traditional skills and the people who love it. There will be something for everybody at...

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Talk the Chalk

Talk the Chalk

My first impressions of Kent were formed several years before I ever imagined I should move here to live. Speeding through the county from Essex to Sussex, I emerged from the Dartford Crossing relieved to be South of the Thames...

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