Free 'Discovery Day' at Jeskyns
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The Discovery Day will give local people the chance to explore Jeskyns' 360 acres, talk to the rangers and find out more about its development.
The Forestry Commission is welcoming local residents to a free 'Discovery Day' at the new Jeskyns Community Woodland and Greenspace in Kent.
The Discovery Day will give local people the chance to explore Jeskyns' 360 acres, talk to the rangers and find out more about its development. There will also be an array of rural crafts and activities showcased on the day, with the chance for both young and old to get involved for free, including: face painting, woodcraft, a bouncy castle and children's craft activities.
The newly created paths and horse trail mean that wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs and riders of both horse and bike can enjoy Jeskyns too and discover the work being undertaken to establish areas of wildflowers, mixed woodland, grassland and a fine example of a traditional Kentish orchard. Specially designed natural play features have been added, to keep children entertained whilst still fitting into the natural environment. Younger visitors to Jeskyns can now enjoy a tree house, sand pit assault course, pinecone pit and traditional hop pole dodge.
The Jeskyns site, helped by funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government, has seen many other changes since development began in October 2006:
Two chalk pits cleared of 145 tonnes of rubbish, which included: asbestos, abandoned cars, farm machinery and around 700 tyres
Over 150,000 trees and shrubs planted *
900 different varieties of cherry, plum, apple and pear trees now make up the 2504 tree traditional orchard
Over 30 different types of wildflower and grasses sown
Eight kilometres of hedgerow planted with the help of local schools and Scout groups
Nearly seven kilometres of accessible paths laid
Denise Culley, Community Ranger, Forestry Commission said: "The opening of Jeskyns symbolises an exciting time for the Kent countryside. Natural habitats such as woodland and meadows have been created for all to enjoy for many years to come. Since development of Jeskyns began 765 local community members have planted trees on the site. We hope the Discovery Day will give them, and all other members of the local community the chance to explore Jeskyns and see exactly what has been done to turn this site into a vibrant greenspace."
A free shuttle service will operate every half hour (on the hour and half past the hour) between 10am and 4pm from Gravesend station. The last bus back to Gravesend leaves Jeskyns at 4.30pm.
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