The River Stour runs through Westgate Gardens, Canterbury. The river skirts the route of the old city walls, and the stone towers of the city's west gate (still used by traffic) can be seen on the right. April 2003. Attribution: Michael Pead
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Location Canterbury, Kent, England
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Canterbury ( (listen), ) is a cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the heart of the City of Canterbury, a 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 the St Lawrence Ground, home of the Kent County Cricket Club. There is also a substantial student population, brought about by the presence of the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University for the Creative Arts, and the Girne American University Canterbury campus. Canterbury remains, however, a small city in terms of geographical size and population, when compared with other British cities.

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Rewetting the Blean - BBC South East
Authors: Kent Wildlife Trust, Oct 19, 2021

Rewilding[edit | edit source]

  • Wilder Blean,, 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)

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Cycling[edit | edit source]

In the city centre, National Cycle Routes 1 and 18 cross and go off towards Whitstable on the Crab and Winkle Way (1), and Chartham via the Great Stour Way (18), providing easy access by bike from the west of the city. There are also multiple cycle routes into the city centre from Nackington Road (Simon Langton Boys School), Hales Place, the university, St Dunstans and Harbledown, Blean, Rough Common and St Stephens. Footpaths scatter the city and give access to beauty spots such as on New House Lane and Stuppington with views of the city and Cathedral. Kent Cycle Hire runs a private hire service to cycle to Whitstable and Herne Bay, and from the university to the high street. Next to buses, cycling is the most popular transport option in Canterbury due to good cycle routes and the flat of the valley in the City centre and immediate suburbs.

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Catching Lives[edit | edit source]

Catching Lives is a registered charity based in Canterbury, England, that works with people in need to end the harm caused by rough sleeping and insecure housing. Catching Lives helps people who are homeless, young people, ex offenders and individuals affected by physical or mental health issues and substance misuse problems.

It started life as Canterbury Open Christmas, before becoming Canterbury Open Centre and then the Scrine Foundation.

On 1 July 2010 the charity renamed itself "Catching Lives". It is a Registered Charity, number 1014868, and Limited Company number 2719436. The charity relies on donations, volunteers and fundraising from within the local community.

Catching Lives offers respite to individuals, families and the community affected by homelessness, rough sleeping and insecure housing at the Canterbury Open Centre. Opening Monday to Sunday, the Centre provides basic services such as nutritious meals, showers, laundry, clothing and a postal address; and during its opening hours Catching Lives staff and volunteers work with clients to help them to tackle any issues that they may have, get access to suitable accommodation and find the motivation to take steps towards personal recovery and independent living.

Other initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Stream Walk Community Garden, Whitstable on Facebook

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August 25 Kent Festival of Bees, near Bridge, Canterbury

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Whitstable named first plastic free town in Kent by conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, Jan 11[1]


Canterbury: Locations sought for electric charge points, Nov 24[2]

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Ashford - Dover - Folkestone and Hythe - Swale - Thanet

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