TIME FOR NATURE: 5th June is World Environment Day

Today, across the world, people are celebrating nature and recognising our reliance it. The message is clear:

‘To care for ourselves we must care for nature.

It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices.
It’s time to build back better for People and Planet.

This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.’

https://www.worldenvironmentday.global

The Friends of the Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond share this philosophy. One of the ways of we’ve been working to achieve this is by ‘Making Life Easier for Eels‘ which sets out the story of the Critically Endangered European eel and the actions the Friends of the Westbrook are taking to improve its chances.

Activities are going on across the world, including in Faversham: https://www.facebook.com/favershamvirtualenvironmentday/

Happy World Environment Day!

Stream Clears during Covid 19

The Covid-19 pandemic means that we can’t hold our monthly group stream clears or conservation work.

This is obviously sad, but on the positive, nature along the stream is thriving with lots of nests, ducks and ducklings enjoy a more peaceful stream.

As soon as we can resume activities we will post a notice on this website.

Best wishes to all

Faversham Society Appeal – Chart Mills needs your help

Chart Mills was part of the local gunpowder industry’s Home Works and is the oldest in the area. It probably supplied powder for the Battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo and the Westbrook was integral to its function. The Faversham Society look after it and open it to the public. However, they are struggling with volunteers and have put out an appeal for help with opening Chart Mills. This is from their website:

Chart Mills Help – ROD MORLEY
We are so short of volunteers at the Chart Mills that we are in danger of being unable to open for the season.

Please – we need your help. Come along to our short meeting to find out what is involved. It will be in the Boston Room of the Fleur at 10.30am on Thursday, 26 March. Coffee and biscuits will be served.

Next Stream Clear – Sunday 1st March 2020, 10am to 12noon

The next Westbrook Stream Clear will take place on Sunday 1st March, 10am to 12noon.
If you can come along please:

– join us at 10am at the stream at Curtis Way/West Street (opposite Twyman’s Mill/Stonebridge Lodge)
– hear a short welcome, briefing and collect equipment
– take part in a litter pick and vegetation clear, either in, out, on or around the stream.

Please also bring strong gloves (waterproof if possible), wellingtons or waders and pruning saws, rakes, loppers etc if you have them. WHEELBARROWS in particular are always useful. Please name any equipment you bring.

We will be concentrating on the area around Flood Lane and the stream up to Chart Mills. We will also be getting the punt out to do some work in the pond.

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing new faces too! Thank you very much.

Low flow channel installation continues – Sunday, 26th January, 10am-1pm

The next phase of the low flow channel installation work will take place on Sunday, 26th January, 2020. We will be continuing to install faggot bundles into the stream with the aim of naturally narrowing it and creating more diversity in stream flow and habitat.

We will start at 10am and work until around 1pm.

Our site this time will be behind Stonebridge Way and we will meet at 10am near the footbridge between The Knole and Beech Close.

Please bring a drink and a snack for yourself along with strong gloves (waterproof if possible) and wellingtons, waders, loppers etc if your have them. Please name any equipment you bring.

Everyone is welcome and, of course, we look forward to seeing new faces too.

November’s Stream Clear

November’s Westbrook Stream Clear will take place on:

Sunday, 24th November 2019 from 10am-12 noon

If you can come along please:

– join us at 10am at 46 Tanners Street, Faversham (come through cream gates into garden)

– hear a short welcome, briefing and collect equipment

– take part in a litter pick and vegetation clear, either in, out or around the stream.

Please also bring strong gloves (waterproof if possible), wellingtons or waders and pruning saws, rakes, loppers etc if you have them. WHEELBARROWS in particular are always useful. Please name any equipment you bring.

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing new faces too! Thank you very much.

A community group created to improve the environment of the Westbrook stream in Faversham.