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Wild About Gardens Event

Saturday 30th May  11am – 1pm Sevenoaks Library

All welcome to join this free event to learn more about wildlife gardening.

Find out about what SOLL volunteers are doing to create beautiful flowerbeds in town.

Want to garden? Come join us when you can!

Hurray the calendar is live!

Happy New Year!

We are starting the new year off with the calendar going live.  Our wonderful Sharon is now all set up and able and willing to step into the roll as events poster for the website.

Click on the SOLL Events to look at the calendar and see up and coming events from Kent Wild Life Trust and all our wonderful local groups.

Thank you to a friend of SOLL

I just returned from a lovely gathering to say a fond farewell to Jacqueline Leach the current director of Commonwork at Bore place near Bough Beech.  About forty of us were able to attend to say thank you and wish Jacqueline a warm send off after nearly 24 years being the day to day guiding principle for Commonwork.

Commonwork and SOLL have some excellent links and history.  I am sure these will continue on into the future.   We are discussing some walk and talk events for SOLL so watch this space for a Bore Place walk in the new year.

 

Kent Wildlife Trust- Wild about Garden award ceremony.

On Tuesday 11th November, at the Jeffery Harrison Reserve Sevenoaks, one of the members of the Sevenoaks Living Landscape ( SOLL) group received a Silver Gilt award for the wildlife friendly garden he created by the taxi rank at Sevenoaks bus station. Adrian Cheeseman’s garden was visually stunning throughout the spring and summer and provided valuable insect foraging food. The KWT garden awards recognise effort, achievement and the contribution to the cause of biodiversity that both individuals and community groups can make. Adrian has not been resting on his laurels since and has been the major force behind the transformation of the Granville Road site near Sevenoaks train station. He has masterminded the project and cheerfully led a team of volunteers over several Saturdays this autumn and we all look forward to seeing the fruits of this labour next spring.

At the flower bed.
At the flower bed.

Other award winners included those with very small plots to quite extensive gardens. What was common to all winners was their sheer joy and enthusiasm for wildlife in their gardens. The team of judges who make the awards did note though, that West Kent had fewer entries than East Kent. Now there’s a challenge for 2015!

Our latest project

We have been asked to improve the site at the junction of Granville Rd and London Rd just by the Train station.  For the benefit of the community and local wildlife.

Here is a before picture:

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Watch this space for updates.

 

News from SOLL recent meetup.

Volunteers are required for the following one-off tasks:

(people new to SOLL are very welcome to join in with these tasks – it’s a good way of getting to know us and what we do)

Coming up very soon…………..Digging, clearing and replanting land at corner of Granville Road and London Road, Sevenoaks,  – contact Adrian at adrian.cheeseman@hotmail.co.uk

Care of wildflower areas at Tonbridge Parish Church – contact Jenny at mjenuflex@hotmail.co.uk

Events coming up – volunteers needed to staff the SOLL stand and boards

Gardening for Wildlife Award Events – For the Sevenoaks area a date is   5th Nov, Hadlow College in the afternoon

Contact Fidelity on romshed@weald.co.uk

2015

Open Farm Sunday, Sunday 7th June, 10am-4pm, Romshed Farm, Underriver

Sevenoaks Festival of Wildlife – two days in the middle of August

Bore Place Open Day – probably in July

Contact Fidelity on romshed@weald.co.uk

 Bough Beech

Lynne and Peter Flower organise a number of excellent Family Days at the Bough Beech Visitor Centre and can always do with volunteers.  Please contact them to help on peterqflower@gmail.com

Updates from SOLL members

(If you feel you can help with any of the activities listed below, please get in touch with the lead person, or with Fidelity)

1. Public spaces in Sevenoaks, led by Adrian

  • SOLL Badges will be produced for everyone for use at public events
  • The possibility of introducing wildflowers on Brittains Common will not go ahead at present – too many people want to keep it well mown
  • Adrian has been invited to the Sevenoaks in Bloom award ceremony at Coolings for the taxi rank bed.  If he gets an award this could be a good publicity hook
  • Sevenoaks Town Council has said they are keen for Adrian to take on replanting and looking after the land at the bottom of Granville Road alongside the London Road.  He will be looking for plants and willing volunteers to help get it going this autumn.  Please contact Adrian with any offers of help.  This will be a very public place and an opportunity to show what volunteers can achieve for wildlife in the middle of the town so do get involved if you can. A good sign will be read by lots of people.
  • Adrian reported that the Festival of Wildlife was attended largely by people from outside Sevenoaks but everyone agreed that it is an event we need to have a profile at so we should attend again in 2015.

SOLL meeting 5th Sept

Had a excellent meeting with SOLL core people and a few extra affiliates.   Plenty to share shortly and groups we can link with.

Finished off with a tour of the site.  About an acre and a half of semi wild space that Frank has been managing for the last 9 years at the back of his property.

 

Magnificent Meadows!

We had a gathering of 50 or so people who are keen to see lots more wildflower rich meadows in our area.  The HLF funded project, Save Our Magnificent Meadows, will be working in the area to help bring back some of the meadows lost over the years and to help people to create new ones.

Dyers Greenweed - (Genista Tinctoria)
(Genista Tinctoria)

Kent Wildlife Trust has already built up a group of keen volunteers including individuals who are skilled to survey existing meadows and make suggestions on how best to manage them to encourage the wildflowers.  SOLL is keen to help get everyone going.  In a way, you just have to start to do something – there is plenty of experience out there, so for instance, at Romshed Farm, we looked at a meadow that had been set up from scratch with some seed from an ancient meadow in Sussex, another field where management over the years had changed to encourage more wildflowers and a greater mix of grasses and another where yellow rattle had established itself and the effect is to reduce the competition from the grasses so the wildflowers in the seedbank can make their way through.  There is no one way forward and different solutions will fit different sites.

If you would like to discuss meadows or can contribute to this please contact ……..

Romshed Farm is always happy to show people around but the meadows will be cut soon for hay.