Stonebridge Pond – new signage

Great news! This week Faversham Town Council installed a new sign at the duck feeding area at Stonebridge Pond, one in a suite of new signs that the Town Council will be installing across the town.

The Friends of the Westbrook & Stonebridge Pond helped with the text and photos (thank you Bob!) and the Faversham Society with an image of Davington Priory. The focus of the sign is the best food to feed to ducks (ie alternatives to white bread such as peas, corn, oats, seeds and chopped lettuce), but there’s also lots of fantastic photographs of birdlife on the pond as well as quite a bit of history.

Thank you very much to the Town Council for creating and installing this sign and to all the volunteers in our group who spent a long time preparing the text and images.

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First Westbrook Stream Clear of 2019

This will take place on Sunday, 27th January 2019, 10am-12 noon.

If you can come along please:

–  join us at 10am at the willow tree on Stonebridge Way (opposite Nobel Court)
–  hear a short welcome, briefing and collect equipment
–  take part in a litter pick and vegetation clear, either in or out of the stream.

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

We will be concentrating on maintenance to the faggot bundles and keeping a clear channel along the stream, litter collection and checking on the autumn planting.

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

Thank you for all your hard work

Thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday to help install the next phase of the low-flow channel downstream of the footbridge between The Knole and Beech Close. It was a day of hard work, but was very successful, as these photos demonstrate….

THE STREAM A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE WORKS:

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LOADING THE BUNDLES ONTO MARK’S PICK UP:

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THE BRIEFING:

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LAYING OUT THE BUNDLES:

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CUTTING THE STAKES TO SIZE:

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HAMMERING THE STAKES IN – PARTICULARLY HARD WORK!:

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WORKS COMPLETE (FOR THE DAY) – THE LOW FLOW CHANNEL SUCCESSFULLY INSTALLED:

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THE SITE NOTICE EXPLAINING WHAT WE’VE DONE:

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Creating a ‘low-flow’ channel – UPDATE!

Further to my post last week (in italics below) about the installation of a low flow channel near the West Street Bridge a few things have happened…

The story is fairly complicated but the upshot is that due to local issues around surface water and sewage flooding around Tanners Street, Southern Water have decided to do some investigations of the local drainage network. This could include the Westbrook. While our planned works are consented, after discussions with KCC (the lead local flood authority), Swale Borough Council and the Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board, it has been decided to postpone the installation of the low-flow channel near the West Street bridge until more is understood about the drainage situation around Tanners Street.

As a result, on Saturday, instead of working at West Street, we will be concentrating on the installation of the low-flow channel downstream of the works started in July 2017 – at the footbridge between The Knole and Beech Close. If you would like to join the work party doing this work, please contact us via this website.

Thank you everyone!

On Saturday 17th November 2018, the Friends of the Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond, supported by the North West Kent Countryside Partnership, will continue the process of installing a series of stakes and bundles of thin chestnut branches into this section of the Westbrook, working upstream from West Street.

The aim of this work is to create a gently curving ‘low flow channel’. In times of low water flow (most of the time these days) the stream’s flow will be concentrated in the narrow section between the bundles with the aim of scouring the stream bed and exposing the natural chalk and gravel which line the bed. Over time, this should look better than the brown silted stream bed and will create a more diverse and improved environment for invertebrates and fish which, in turn, ducks and birds feed on.

In times of high flow, water will fill the stream channel and the areas behind the bundles will silt up. In the spring these areas will be planted with native species such as yellow flag iris, marsh marigolds, water forget-me-not and water veronica.

This work has been consented by the Lower Medway Internal Drainage Board (LMIDB) and importantly is not deemed to increase the risk of flooding. The Friends of the Westbrook are supported by the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership, theMedway Valley Countryside Partnership (who drew up the plans for this work and obtained consent from the LMIDB), Swale Borough Council and The Environment Agency.

October’s Stream Clear

October’s Westbrook Stream Clear will take place on:

Sunday, 28th October 2018, 10am-12 noon

If you can come along please:

–  join us at 10am at the willow tree on Stonebridge Way (opposite Nobel Court)
–  hear a short welcome, briefing and collect equipment
–  take part in a litter pick and vegetation clear, either in or out of the stream.
–  help plant native daffodils bulbs – PLEASE BRING TROWELS & BULB PLANTERS TO HELP WITH THIS

Please also bring strong gloves (waterproof if possible), wellingtons or waders and secateurs, 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.

First Autumn Stream Clear – 30th September

The next stream clear will be next Sunday, 30th September 2018, 10am-12 noon.
If you can come along please:
–  join us at 10am at Curtis Way (next to the West Street bridge) – we will be concentrating on the area around the culvert under West Street and Flood Lane
–  hear a short welcome, briefing and collect equipment
–  take part in a litter pick and vegetation clear, either in or out of the streamEveryone is welcome and we look forward to seeing new faces too! Please bring strong gloves (waterproof if possible), wellingtons or waders and secateurs, rakes, loppers etcif you have them. WHEELBARROWS in particular are always useful. Please name any equipment you bring.

Thank you very much and see you soon.

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