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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

 

Or use our online contact form.

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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

Save Our Magnificent Meadows

Training Days 2016
Download for a full list of upcoming Free training sessions provided by Save our Magnificent Meadows Project
Booklet_2016.pdf
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Save our Magnificent Meadows is the UK’s largest partnership project transforming the fortunes of our vanishing wildflower meadows, grasslands and wildlife.  Led by Plantlife, the partnership is made up of 11 organisations, including Medway Valley Countryside Partnership and is primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This is the first time in the HLF’s history that it has awarded a grant to a project of this kind.

Save our Magnificent Meadows is:

 

  • Targeting just under 6,000 hectares of wildflower meadows and grasslands in nine strategic landscapes across the UK, including Kent.

  • Giving people all over the UK the chance to visit, enjoy and learn about our wildflower meadows and grasslands.

  • Raising awareness of the desperate plight of our wildflower meadows and grasslands and equipping communities with the knowledge and skills to reverse this devastating trend.

Medway Valley Countryside Partnership is supporting landowners to manage, restore and create meadows. They are also helping local communities recognize the value of meadows by creating a supportive network of Meadow Champions and running a range of meadow based activity days and school workshops.

 

Since 2014 when the project began we have given advice to  57 landowners who own over 61 hectares of grassland, run 17 training sessions, held 25 family events and open days attended by over 900  people and begun to manage 45 hectares of public land to increase species diversity. We have spoken to 420 primary school children about meadows and created two school mini meadows. This year we will be engaging with secondary schools using art work to inspire about plants and meadow wildlife.

 

62 volunteers have been involved with the project so far and we have a group of 7 regular Meadow Champion volunteers whose roles range from carrying out species surveys to driving the project tractor and lots, lots more in-between.

 

There is still lots to achieve and more to learn plus a full programme of training and family activities to deliver throughout the summer of 2016, so if you would like to get involved or come along to an event please contact Mary Tate

 

mary.tate@kent.gov.uk

03000 414833

 

 

For more information please visit 

www.magnificentmeadows.org.uk

www.plantlife.org.uk

The Sevenoaks Living Landscape Project in our sister partnership's area of North West Kent also organises many meadow themed events and training days.

 

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