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Ranscombe Reserve meadow with poppies | Credit: Zoe J Photography

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stay Safe and Follow the Guidelines

As we follow the road map out of Lockdown we need to make sure we stay safe and follow the guidance from the Council and Government on how to meet as Friends Groups. The rules on tasks and event will remain the same over the next few weeks as laid out below and we will … Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Stay Safe and Follow the Guidelines

Dog walking beside it's owner

Medway Council Animal Warden Team Event at Broomhill Park

The Animal Warden Team at Medway Council are holding a small event within Broomhill Park on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 between 11:00-15:00 hours. There will be a stand promoting responsible dog ownership along with chip-checking to ensure details are up to date and offering free dog microchipping. Battersea will also be in attendance. There will … Continue reading Medway Council Animal Warden Team Event at Broomhill Park

Oak processionary moth caterpillar

Oak processionary moth monitoring in Medway – Volunteers required

Our colleagues at the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership (MSEP) are currently working with the Forestry Commission on a project looking at the management of the Oak processionary moth (OPM).  As part of this work they are seeking volunteers to support monitoring by adopting an area close to where they live or work (ideally urban areas) … Continue reading Oak processionary moth monitoring in Medway – Volunteers required

Great British Spring Clean 28th May to 13th June 2021

Our precious greenspaces could all do with a decent spring clean after the year we have been though. Along with our marvellous heath service and front line workers they have helped to keep us going. What would we have done without our daily walks!!? #GBSpringClean Why not join Keep Britain Tidy and their community of … Continue reading Great British Spring Clean 28th May to 13th June 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week – 10-16 May 2021

This year’s theme is all around connecting with nature and getting outdoors has so many benefits to our wellbeing: Medway Recycles monthly gardening blog is full of tips from planting expertise to environmental advice such as composting, it’s a must read for any budding or keen gardener. If you have access to a bicycle, it’s … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week – 10-16 May 2021

Flyer for Litter pick and Sensory Garden Task Day held by Friends of Rochester Churchfields & Esplanade

FoRCE Task Day – Sat 29 May 2021

The Friends of Rochester Churchfields and Esplanade are holding an activity day, comprising of both a litter pick and starting the process of creating a Sensory Garden in the three raised beds on the Esplanade park opposite the castle. The Suffrage Sensory Garden has been planned for some time now and will pay tribute to … Continue reading FoRCE Task Day – Sat 29 May 2021

Children playing with bubbles in an urban setting

Childhood air pollution exposure linked to poorer mental health

The Guardian has recently reported that scientists have found that young people who grow up amid heavy traffic pollution have higher rates of mental illness by the time they reach adulthood. “While we might like to think of our towns and cities as green and open spaces, it’s clear that there is a hidden danger … Continue reading Childhood air pollution exposure linked to poorer mental health

Rochester Castle Gardens and the Workers Memorial Tree

International Workers’ Memorial Day

Wednesday 28th May is International Workers’ Memorial Day, the day that Medway Council, in partnership with the Trades Unions, recognises and remembers colleagues who have lost their lives in service during the past year and previous years. In the past, the council has held a short ceremony at the Memorial Tree in Rochester Castle gardens, with … Continue reading International Workers’ Memorial Day