The North West Kent Countryside Partnership works throughout the boroughs of Bexley, Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham on a wide variety of community conservation projects.
Our Partnership has four main strands of work:
Use the tabs above to find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can become involved!
We successfully helped St. Marys Church at Tescos Riverhead, Sevenoaks receive £10,000 funding to improve their historic churchyard from the Tesco carrier bag fund. Every 5p you spend on carrier bags now goes into a fund and the public can vote on how much each chosen project gets; 8, 10 or 12 thousand pounds.
We have currently got our volunteers and staff there, helping to improve the site and find out more about its diversity.
We will be providing bat and bird boxes as well as a feeding station, clearing invasive ivy and carrying our flora surveys.
By making the churchyard more bio-diverse and improving the grounds for rememberance we will be enhancing the area for its current and future users.
Our volunteers and staff will be helping Radnor house school to give a day back to the community at Edenbridge water meadows in October. The school is sending every pupil out to volunteer for the day. We will be leading lots of children, along with our volunteers to cut back ash saplings that do not have enough room to grow as part of our annual work on this special site for Barn owls amongst other creatures.
We just held in August, two bat walks at the ever popular River Darent and Brookland Lake, funded by DBC.
Bat walks are always popular as you have a bat detector and have a real feel of being close to these amazing acrobatic creatures.
We would like to hold more bat walks accross the boroughs we serve, so please let us know if you are interested!
For the Queens birthday this year we assisted DBC in the celebration event on Ecology island, Central park. This event was jam packed with things for local school children to do. We carried out a trail of the island and colouring wildlife pictures in the 'treeehouse' for the little ones.
Currently working all over Bexley, in school grounds enhancing their wildlife areas as part of our service level agreement with LBB providing pollen bars for bees, stag beetle habitats, stump benches, a miniature village with the help from Men in Sheds Bexley, www.ageuk.org.uk/bexley/our-services/men-in-sheds/ wildflowers, ponds, bog gardens, reducing vegetation, revitalising raised beds, builing planters, sensory pots, making den frames and providing den making materials amongst a whole lot more!
Our continuing work at The Ridgeway, Thamesmead, sees us holding community events to invite people to a site that is under going massive re-generation to promote safer living and community spirit.
We worked with LBB at Lesnes Abbey during the summer holidays, to participate in their fun day, where we held a FREE stall making dragonflies with over 45 children!
We have been helping in the regeneration of the site also, designing three levels of trail to allow people to use different parts of this historic and nature rich site.
We aim to be working further with LBB to deliver school sessions here and future craft events.
Continuing on from our work with DGS MIND in Dartford, we have secured funding from Sports England to run two FREE 12 week accessible volunteering workshops aimed at isolated and more vunerable people to help give them the confidence and experience that volunteering brings.
Summer of fun in Gravesend!
We recently completed The Grand People & Wildlife project at the Dell, on the Promendade. This FREE project was run in a joint effort with The Gr@nd community centre. We wanted people to explore this particular area, special for migrating birds and water creatures amongst many invertebrates and while doing so keep themselves fit and healthy. The Gr@nd staff gave fitness and dietary advice and NWKCP staff assisted the volunteers to plant nectar rich native wildlfowers for nature as well as gently clearing some scrub, planting seeds, lavendar, and fruit bushes.
Sara & Mark have been pond dipping! With the invaluable help of some of our volunteers!
Jeskyns park and the Dell, the prom once more recieved over 70 children and their families in total. Thanks to GBC for funding these FREE days, where children found all sorts of water invertebrates and fish and were able to Identify them. Children from the ages of 3-13 were involved on those sunny days.
Visitor counter started on 09/04/15