- Wild bison return to UK for first time in thousands of years, The Guardian (Jul 18, 2022)
- Laying the myths to rest: Canterbury crisis shows how desperate government policy and housebuilder attitudes are making homes unaffordable… and destroying our countryside, CPRE Kent (Feb 15, 2022)
Canterbury ( (listen), ) is a cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the heart of the City of Canterbury local government district of Kent, England. It lies on the River Stour.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the primate of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion owing to the importance of St Augustine, who served as the apostle to the pagan Kingdom of Kent around the turn of the 7th century. The city's cathedral became a major focus of pilgrimage following the 1170 martyrdom of Thomas Becket, although it had already been a well-trodden pilgrim destination since the murder of St Alphege by the men of King Canute in 1012. A journey of pilgrims to Becket's shrine served as the frame for Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th-century classic The Canterbury Tales.
Canterbury is a popular tourist destination: consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom, the city's economy is heavily reliant upon tourism. The city has been occupied since Paleolithic times and served as the capital of the Celtic Cantiaci and Jute Kingdom of Kent. Many historical structures fill the area, including a city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, the Norman Canterbury Castle, and the oldest extant school in the world, the King's School. Modern additions include the Marlowe Theatre and Kent County Cricket Club's St Lawrence Ground.
Canterbury has a substantial student population and one of the highest proportions of students to permanent residents in the country. Nevertheless, it remains relatively small when compared with other British cities.
Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
Climate action[edit | edit source]
- Canterbury Climate Action Partnership, independent not-for-profit Community Interest Company aiming to bring together all like-minded interest groups within the district to mobilise action towards a more sustainable future; especially to achieve a zero carbon district by 2030. added 21:27, 18 October 2021 (UTC)
- eco Cops on facebook.com
- Canterbury and District Greenpeace
Biodiversity[edit | edit source]
Rewilding[edit | edit source]
- Wilder Blean, wildwoodtrust.org, flagship wilding project launched by Wildwood Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust, in part of the West Blean woods nature reserve, near Canterbury, which is in one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in the UK. added 17:42, 6 December 2021 (UTC)
Environment quality[edit | edit source]
- Canterbury Clean Air, community action on air quality in Canterbury
- Canterbury pollution levels, map, added 16:01, 14 August 2020 (UTC)
Cycling[edit | edit source]
National Cycle Routes 1 to Whitstable, and 18 to Chartham cross in the city.
Social inclusion[edit | edit source]
Catching Lives[edit | edit source]
Catching Lives is a charity based in Canterbury, England that assists rough sleepers, the homeless and those in insecure housing. It relies on donations, volunteers and fundraising within its local community. As of 2011, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was patron.
Catching Lives' Open Centre provides services such as meals, showers, laundry, clothing and a postal address to its clients. The staff and volunteers work with them to address issues they may have; get access to suitable accommodation, and find the motivation to take steps towards independent living.
The charity operates a winter night shelter in conjunction with local churches. 2016–2017 was its seventh season. The project opens church halls for Canterbury rough sleepers. Volunteers transport bedding, cook meals and welcome those who stay.
- Catching Lives, tackling homelessness in East Kent
Other initiatives[edit | edit source]
- Stream Walk Community Garden, Whitstable on Facebook
News and comment[edit | edit source]
Whitstable named first plastic free town in Kent by conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, Jan 11
Canterbury: Locations sought for electric charge points, Nov 24
Resources[edit | edit source]
Past events[edit | edit source]
August 25 Kent Festival of Bees, near Bridge, Canterbury
Campaigns[edit | edit source]
- Save Wincheap water meadows change.org
Near you[edit | edit source]
Ashford - Dover - Folkestone and Hythe - Swale - Thanet
See also[edit | edit source]
- Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England
- London and South East England
- Saving water in South East England