Seven of Medway’s much-loved parks have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as among the best in the United Kingdom and around the world. Riverside Country Park in Rainham, Capstone Farm Country Park in Gillingham, Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham, The Vines in Rochester, Broomhill Park in Strood , Hillyfields Community Park … Continue reading Green Flag Awards 2019
Do you have an interest in the Esplanade? Please come along to a meeting to establish a Friends group on Tuesday 30th July 2019, 7:30-8:30pm at the King’s Head Hotel, Rochester High Street. Please download the below Flyer with full details. Friends Open Mtg Poster July 2019
The venue is the Visitor Centre at Capstone Farm Country Park and the day starts at 9.30am with tea and coffee and finishes with a guided walk around the park at about 1.00pm. There are talks on our green and blue infrastructure, the management of our grassland for wildlife and the importance of native trees. … Continue reading MUGs Forum Meeting 10 Aug 2019 (booking essential)
A visit was made to to see the cherries in Upchurch where they are grown and the crop is looking very good! The Cherry Picnic is back for 2019! Mark Saturday 13th July in your calendars now!
Medway Council is working on a Green and Blue Infrastructure strategy to protect and strengthen our natural environmental assets and resources. The Green and Blue Infrastructure strategy will consider the diversity of Medway’s environment and the different benefits provided to wildlife and people. The work will promote policies and projects to secure the quality of … Continue reading Medway Green & Blue Infrastructure workshop (booking essential)
A big THANK YOU to all our Friends of, greenspace volunteer groups and the Medway Towns Footpath group, and the Medway Urban Greenspace and Local Access Forums for all their hard work promoting and supporting our greenspaces and Public Rights of Way. They have given up a total of 14,183 hours of their time over … Continue reading Volunteers’ Week 2019
Gardenwatch is a collaborative project between the British Ornithological Trust, the BBC Springwatch team and the Open University. They need you to tell them about your garden and its wildlife so a comprehensive picture can be built of how gardens can help UK wildlife species to thrive in the future. Together, the UK’s gardens cover … Continue reading Gardenwatch: the biggest citizen science project ever!
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched a new £10m plan to plant more than 130,000 trees in towns and cities in England. Grants for the plantings will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. Trees in urban areas improve health and wellbeing, connect people with the outdoors, absorb noise, reduce flood risk, lower … Continue reading Urban Tree Challenge
Taking at least twenty minutes out of your day to walk or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. A new study, recently published in Frontiers in Psychology, concludes that spending between 20-30 minutes near trees and flowers lowered stress hormones by around … Continue reading Take a 20 minute nature pill
Plans are underway to create a Sensory Garden from an existing raised garden space on Rochester Esplanade where disabled and non-disabled visitors will be able to enjoy a range of educational and recreational sensory experiences. This will be achieved using a combination of the existing landscape, together with bee and butterfly friendly plants, herbs and … Continue reading Suffrage Sensory Garden Rochester