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.
Local School, Amerhurst Primary have been involved polanting wildflowers and making bird boxes for the site too.
Our volunteers and staff have been asked to assist Radnor house school again this October to give a day back to the community at Edenbridge water meadows in. 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 have hidden 6 Geocaches on the North Downs way a stones throw from Otford Station...can you ind them?
A New project called Natural Ways to Wellbeing will be landing on 3rd April called Natural Ways to Wellbeing. Based on Ecology island, Central park, we will be taking refferals from North Kent MIND for this project that will be peaceful and crafty all in a natural way!
Funded by the innovation grant from Live it Well Kent, we will be welcoming upto 20 people for this 10 week course, free of charge.
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!
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.
Most recently we have been delivering school education sessions in colaboration with the staff at Lesnes Abbey, investigating rocks and soils, geography, map making, pond dipping, geocaching amongst other curricular subjects.
See if you can find the 6 Geocahces we have hidden on the grounds at Lesnes Abbey!
Continuing on from our successful funding from Sports England to deliver accessible volunteering on Bexleys MIND's allotment site last year we have received funding to continue for another 8 weeks.
We have been even more fortunate to have won some funding from the Tesco carrier bag tax, again, to continue the poroject through the summer at least.
Accessible volunteering workshops aimed at isolated and more vunerable people to help give them the confidence and experience that volunteering brings.
Schools out on the Prom!
We have been fortunate to have won a members grant to run four family events for free, seasonally in the school holidays, the first being easter egg trail, summer nature hunt, bulb planting and wreath making all on the promenade.
We are about to start work again with the Gr@nd community centre to deliver healthy weights sessions with school aged children and their families.
Visitor counter started on 09/04/15