Events

NEXT KTTP QUARTERLY MEETINGS:

7.30 pm, Wednesday the 21st of March,  All welcome, The Bull Inn, West Malling, Near MAIDSTONE, ME19 6QH.

7.30 pm, Wednesday the 20th of June,  All welcome, The Tickled Trout, Wye, Near ASHFORD, TN25 5EB.

NEXT TRAINING EVENTS:

Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) walk and survey in Kingsdown, near Deal,  10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 24th, Meet on Church Cliff off Upper Road, Kingsdown, CT14 8AX.

Tree Planting Practical, with the ASH PROJECT, near Folkestone, Kent. Learn to plant sapling trees in a woodland planting scheme, Saturday, 3rd March, to replace Ash trees lost to Ash Dieback

Introduction to pond wardening, pond ecology and management, Singleton Environmental Centre, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Sunday, 4th March, Singleton Environmental Centre, Singleton, ASHFORD, Kent, TN23 5AW,

Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) Study Day in Ash near Canterbury, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday, 11th March, Ash Village Hall, Church Street, Ash, CT3 2BG

NEXT ACTIVITY DAYS.

Pierland Wood conservation work, Saturdays, 17th of February 2018, 17th of March 2018, 21st of April 2018, 19th of May 2018, 23rd of June 2018, 21st of July 2018, 18th of August 2018, 15th of September 2018, 20th of October 2018, 17th of November 2018, 22nd of December 2018 – more of the regular flexible informal days of wonderful woodland conservation work, dormouse surveying, and enjoyable outside activity with Chris and Susan Gove at our adopted site. Come along and explore this lovely woodland near Ruckinge, Ashford. More details from susanandchrisgove@btinternet.com.

Ashford Community Woodland. Volunteers are always needed, to help maintain the site. Regular Task Days are on the first Saturday of each month (March the 3rd for hedgelaying) and there are a variety of tasks, including tree thinning, litter-picking, hedge-laying and meadow-mowing. Meet at 10 am in the car park at the top of Singleton Hill. Please contact Ashford Community Woodland for more information or talk to Sean Brabon, one of the Pond Wardens in Willesborough. For volunteer enquiries, contact Jenny Tippen 01233 622070 or email them at ashfordcommunitywoodland@hotmail.co.uk

Want to learn hedgelaying? Try learning with the Whitecliffs Countryside Partnership at Romney Warren Visitors Centre on the 20th and 27th February and finally Ashford Community Woodland near Singleton on the 3rd March – You will become an expert!

Introduction to Tree Wardening, Tree Health and Tree Care, East Kent area, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday March 17th, led by David Carey, venue to be finally confirmed.

Managing Invasive Pond Plants – Practical Workshop, Rusthall Pond near Tunbridge Wells, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 18th.

What have conifers ever done for us? Recognising, understanding and conserving the trees of Bedgebury Pinetum, 10:00 am –  1:00 pm, Saturday, March 24th, led by David Carey, Bedgebury Pinetum, Park Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SL.

Wonderful Willows Walk, 10:00 am – 12 noon, Thursday, March 29th, led by David Carey, Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Malling Road, near LARKFIELD, Kent, ME20 6AA.

Common Tree Identification – Cobtree Manor Park, Forstall Road, Aylesford, ME20 7AE, near Maidstone,  10:00 am – 12:00 noon, Saturday the 19th of May. Meet in car park by cafe. Led by David Carey.

Pond Flora Identification and Management, Tyland Barn, Sandling, ME14 3DB, near Maidstone, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm, Sunday the 27th of May. Meet in Kent Wildlife Trust centre, led by ??

Meopham Walking Group – 4 mile walk in truly magnificent countryside, starting from Meopham Green, DA13 0AY, and focussing on trees and ponds, guest assistant leader David Carey, 10:00 am – 12 noon (guess), date TBA.

SOME EXTERNAL EVENTS

Sunday the 11th of March 10:30, FRIENDS OF OARE GUNPOWDER WORKS, Oare, FAVERSHAM – the next working group is at 10:30 on the second Sunday of every month – so by my calculations that SHOULD now be Sunday the 11th of March, 2018, Friends of Oare Gunpowder Works,  or  email oarenick@hotmail.com.

Saturday the 17th February, its our monthly activity day at Pierland Wood. A flexible informal day of wonderful woodland conservation work, dormouse surveying (IN SEASON), and enjoyable outside activity with Chris and Susan Gove at our adopted site. Come along and explore this lovely woodland near Ruckinge, Ashford. More details from susanandchrisgove@btinternet.com.

Sunday the 18th February. Bredhurst Woodland Action Group are having their monthly task day. Whether you’re a regular volunteer or coming along for the first time, come and join the BWAG Task Day, led by Rob Pennington, Kent Wildlife Trust. They meet at 9.45 at the allotments in Hurstwood Road, Bredhurst ME7 3JZ. At every task day there are jobs to suit all abilities – from cooking the sausages and making the tea, litter picking and more strenuous jobs for those who like hard work! Tools and lunch are provided (Sausage in a roll, tea & coffee). Either email bwag@vanessajones.plus.com or phone 07813 785940 in advance to let them know you’ll be attending or just turn up on the day. Your help will be much appreciated.

Join the fun, meet new friends and help improve and protect Bredhurst Woods!

FRIENDS OF THE WESTBROOK AND STONEBRIDGE POND, FAVERSHAM- the next Westbrook clear-up of 2018 will be on , see The Friends of The Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond post on Facebook.

Next event at Vinters Valley, Maidstone, is tba – contact Steve Songhurst for details – Vinters Valley Nature Reserve.

Next event at The Roots Project working in Kings Wood near Challock is tba, The Roots Project.

THE KENT BRANCH of the BRITISH BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION SOCIETY no details for 2018 yet, further details on their website.

 There are just too many events at Kent Wildlife Trust for us to list – but they are all fantastic! More information on the The Kent Wildlife Trust website, look at the What’s On section.

 

NEXT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (NEXT YEAR) – 10:30 am – Saturday the 2nd of February, 2019?? All will be welcome, Cobtree Manor Park Golf Club, near Aylesford, MAIDSTONE, ME14 3EZ.