Why Bother?

 

If we don't care, why should anybody else? Apart from being a pleasant place to live for over 25,000 people, it is a place that a growing number of visitors from neighbouring towns and much further afield come to enjoy.

There is a huge expanse of the North Kent Marshes protected from flooding by the sea wall and an intricate system of ditches. This is not only fully productive agricultural land and a marvelously remote place for walkers, and is of international importance as a wild life habitat. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has established three major reserves in the area, including the largest Heronry in the British Isles and farmers/land owners are working with government environmental grants to retain and enhance the grazing marsh.

Some of the area forms part of the 'North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and is extensively wooded, particularly around Shorne, Cobham and Luddesdown, with many fine walks and views. Cuxton and Halling also provide sweeping views across the Medway Valley and our area.

Cobham, Meopham, Luddesdown, Shorne and parts of Cuxton and Halling are part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.

There is also much of historical interest, from the Bronze Age to Roman and Saxon remains and six centuries of fortifications. Each parish has an ancient church, some going back almost 1,000 years and there are many other beautiful buildings





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