Work is underway to improve public access to Cobham Park and the neighbouring Ranscombe Farm Reserve, through the Knights Place underpass beneath the M2 motorway at Strood, Medway. The route is very popular with local visitors, but has long faced the pressures of joyriding, flytipping, and vandalism.
Landscaping works have been undertaken to improve pedestrian access along the public footpath from the underpass to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, making the site more physically accessible and more inviting to visitors, whist maintaining a high level of security against cars and 4x4s.
On Sunday 25 March, local volunteers turned out in force for a morning of shrub planting and flytipping clearance. The day was a great success! The following Friday, year 5 children from nearby Bligh Primary School planted further hedge plants and spread grass seed, which will go a long way to improve the appearance of this important gateway site.
All works were 50% funded by the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit.
CAMS and Plantlife International (managing Ranscombe Farm) have been working closely with the CTRL operators, Highways Agency, Medway Council, local landowners and other stakeholder groups – including the local community – over the past 18 months. It is intended that work to date will be further built upon in the coming months