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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 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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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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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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Evidence has identified a 52% reduction in property and violent crimes in areas rich in nature. #ThursdayThoughts #WilderWellbeing
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