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Find out how by contacting us at:

 

Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
3 Lock Cottages

Lock Lane
Maidstone

ME14 3AU

Tel: 03000 422997
medwayvalley@kent.gov.uk

 

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News

More volunteers
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 derek.whitehead@kent.gov.uk

to find out more.

Medway Valley Countryside Partnership
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership

Water Framework Directive - what is it?

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.

 

 

Medway catchment co-ordinators

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.

Medway - surface water status 2011
Our River Newsletter
Our River is a regular newsletter is put together by all of the catchment improvement group coordinators in the Medway Catchment. It includes news, updates, events and training opportunities.
1st E-newsletter - March 2013.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [405.1 KB]
2nd E-newsletter-July 2013.doc
Microsoft Word document [1.3 MB]

Follow this link for the latest Our Rivers News Letter

 

3rd Medway catchment newsletter

 

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.

Algal bloom 2013
New bankside vegetation in margin made of silt from lake
Volunteers atop the new dipping platform
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