The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £1.4 million to the "Old Chalk New Downs" project which will see North Downs chalk habitats restored and improvements to the paths leading onto the Downs from surrounding parishes like Larkfield. The North Downs is the ridge of chalk hills overlooking villages of Trottiscliffe, Birling and Ryarsh. They stretch from Farnham in Surrey and end in the famous white chalk cliffs of Dover. Many nationally rare plants and insects including butterflies are found on chalk hills.
David Thornewell has been supporting this project. East Malling and Larkfield Parish Council offered up to £300 towards waymarking the paths in the northern area of the parish especially to try to improve the links in and out of the country park to the surrounding path network such as the bridge over the A228 out of the park and connecting to Brook Lane; and the paths at Abbey Meads and Snodland Common area between the railway and the river.
It's fantastic that the launch of the project will be held on October 15th at Leybourne Lakes. Come along and meet the people involved. You and your children can also learn about identifying wildlife and plants and maybe become 'chalkland champions'
See event poster below for more details.