Find out how by contacting us at:
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
3 Lock Cottages
Tel: 03000 422997
Or use our online contact form.
We offer opportunities for practical volunteering in the beautiful Kent Countryside. Every Thursday our dedicated team of volunteers undertake a huge variety of tasks, from hedge-laying to pond restoration, apple picking to school wildlife garden creation. In addition we have a large team of litter wardens and wildlife surveyors, so call us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more.
The Water Framework Directive is a Europe wide scheme initiated in 2003 aiming to improve the ecological status of the entire water environment. Read more about it here. To enact this across Kent, the Environment Agency has established a whole series of river catchment co-ordinators to plan, progress and manage a huge range of projects with a plethora of partners. These projects will be encompassed by so called Catchment Improvement Groups (CIG) specific to areas within the wider river catchment.
We MVCP and our sister partnership the Kent High Weald Countryside Partnership will be playing a leading role in helping to implement ecological improvements on the ground on the rivers Beult, Len and Teise, through their respective CIGs.
Follow this link for the latest Our Rivers News Letter
Example project - Clare Lake Restoration
We at MVCP have been working in partnership with The Malling School, The Friends of Clare Lake, East Malling and Larkfield Parish Council, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, the Environmnent Agency and KCC Councillor Trudy Dean to implement a long term plan to restore Clare Lake to rude health. This multi-faceted project has involved students at the local Hadlow college, school-children from the Malling School and teams of local volunteers, in de-silting, establishing new reed beds, creation of a dipping platform and installation of bankside revetments to provide new habitat for a multitude of riparian species.
This phase of the project will culminate in the installation of a new interpretation panel embedded in a local block of ragstone, generously sourced by the Friends of Clare Lake. Thanks too go to our funders on the project; the Environment Agency, Groundwork, T&MBC and Kent County Council. The pictures below show some before, during and after images, with more to come. Watch this space for a link to the on-going monitoring from the school in 2016 and some exciting wildlife pictures.