Lodge Hill

#SaveLodgeHill SSSI
It was a privilege to take part in this two day expedition inside the Lodge Hill Camp organised by People Need Nature

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Reimagining lost and forgotten landscapes: vanishing military bases

IMG_9359.jpgOn the 16th & 17th June 2016 I joined a group organised by the charity ‘People Need Nature‘ to visit Lodge Hill, Kent.IMG_9348.jpgOur group was made up of Naturalists, Scientists, ecologists,  writers, poets, visual artists, musicians, and often a mixture of the above. These are all fairly meaningless titles through as what we really were was curious and keen to gain access to this endangered and abandoned ex-military base.IMG_9353.jpgAs Miles King, who arranged the visit explained “Access to Lodge Hill is restricted, partly because of its history as a place where the army trained bomb disposal experts (some of the ordnance is still there) and partly because it is still being used for training (the Police were training there on one day we visited). So we were fortunate to gain access; thanks to the Defense Infrastructure Organization for…

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Lower Thames Crossing

URGENT HAVE YOUR SAY!

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Government Lower ‪#‎Thames‬ crossing public exhibitions start Feb 3rd
Full details of ‪#‎Kent‬ ‪#‎Essex‬ consultation dates in Feb/March  here

#‎wildlife‬ #‎natura2000‬ ‪#‎heritage‬ ‪#‎Villages‬ ‪#‎CharlesDickens‬ ‪#‎countryside‬ ‪#‎SSSI‬ ‪#‎GreenBelt‬ ‪#‎ancientwoodland‬
Consultation ends 24th March

KENT WILDLIFE TRUST says

”  Highways England have proposed a ‘Lower Thames Crossing’ taking the form of a tunnel east of Gravesend, connecting with Thurrock, Essex. Two link road options have been proposed, with the ‘Eastern Southern Link Road’ the preferred option. Kent Wildlife Trust is opposed to the proposals for a Thames Crossing at this location (‘Option C’). ”

RSPB says

”  Highways England’s recommended route (known as Option C) passes to the east of Gravesend and runs through (or potentially under, in the case of a bored tunnel) the network of mudflats, salt marsh and grazing land that is the Thames Estuary and Marshes SPA/Ramsar, as well as RSPB Shorne Marshes. This whole area provides a rich mosaic of feeding, roosting and breeding habitats for birds. In addition, there are nationally important sites (protected as Site of Special Scientific Interest, or SSSIs) and ancient woodland that may be affected both north and south of the river.  ”

Lower Thames Crossing RSPB Shorne Marshes “the most important site for breeding waders on the Hoo Peninsula” say RSPB https://t.co/zz9gvYuoA7 ‪#‎LowerThamesCrossing‬ ‪#‎birds‬
Click on how you can help to raise your concerns about possible impacts on our Thames Estuary and Marshes Special Protection Area and Ramsar sites ‪#‎specialbirdarea‬ #birds ‪#‎habitats

Higham says NO to Lower Thames Crossing Option C
Charles Dickens historic landscapes under threat
Lots of information on the Higham Parish website including sample consultation responses and dates for your diary ‪#‎LowerThamesCrossing‬

 

Yay! No Estuary Airport!

At last!!! Airports Commission rules out a Thames Estuary Airport

September 2nd 2014 and at last common sense prevails; the Inner Thames estuary airport proposal has NOT been shortlisted and our wildlife and communities can breathe a sigh of relief… for the time being…

…because the Mayor of London has ignored the vast weight of evidence submitted to Sir Howard Davies and his team against an estuary airport and included this dastardly idea in his draft London Infrastructure Plan 2050 – needless to say Friends of the North Kent Marshes have submitted evidence to and objected to this plan.

The Mayor is standing in next May’s General Election as a prospective parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge and Ruislip however, Johnson said he remained in favour of a new, four-runway airport in the Thames estuary.

So hold on to your hats chaps we could be in be for a bumpy ride…..

Rochester and Strood says No Estuary Airport!

Rochester and Strood says No Estuary Airport

Mark Reckless MP

Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, today joined local residents and campaigners at St James’ Church in Cooling to reveal the results of his No Estuary Airport ballot prior to making his submission to the Davies Aviation Commission. Over the past seven months, residents across the Rochester and Strood constituency have been asked for their opinion on whether or not they support the proposals to build a new hub airport in or around the Thames Estuary.

The response has been extraordinarily good. Just under 8,000 residents took the time to have their say on the plans, and the answer has been a resounding ‘NO’ to proposals put forward for a Thames Estuary airport including by Boris Johnson and Foster+Partners. 92.6% of residents across the constituency do not support the proposals, with just 7.3% in favour. In Strood Rural and Peninsula wards, which would be most impacted by a new…

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Where the River Meets the Sea

We had the great pleasure of meeting Julian when he visited the Thames Estuary recently. Where the river meets the sea is precisely where Lord Foster wants to build the worlds largest hub airport. This would mean the destruction of habitats of local, national and international importance that are protected by LAW. Help us to protect our natural and cultural heritage here in the Thames estuary – say NO estuary airport ever!

Notes from Near and Far

The lone and level sands stretch far away.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley, from ‘Ozymandias’

Where the River Meets the Sea

Only the evening before, a friend had warned me about the shifting sands of the estuary should I try to get close to the stone, confessing her own driven desire to seek out the totems and talismans of the landscape as we spoke. Off the coast of the Isle of Grain, the London Stone at Yantlet Creek had intrigued me from the moment I first read of it. It was one of the evocative boundary markers on the Thames that had delineated the jurisdiction of the City of London in former times. The stone stands where the river meets the sea, and is exposed on the shining mud flats when the Thames retreats. But being far from a specialist when it comes to the tides that envelop the estuary, and even less of one with regard to the strange alchemy of silt…

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