Folkestone and Hythe is a local government district in Kent, England, in the south-east of the county. Its council is based in the town of Folkestone. The authority was renamed from Shepway in April 2018, and therefore has the same name as the Folkestone and Hythe parliamentary constituency, although a somewhat narrower area is covered by the district.
Most of the population live in the coastal towns of Folkestone and Hythe. The north of the district mainly consists of landscape villages interspersed with woods along parts of the North Downs, while the south features a coastal expanse of lower lying, periodically reclaimed villages in less forested Romney Marsh, which has a number of communities extensively built in the medieval period and 17th century as centres of the Romney Marsh wool trade. The district's economy is influenced by the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the M20 motorway, while the tourism and allied retail sectors provide key sources of employment.
Biodiversity[edit | edit source]
- The Fifth Continent, Romney Marsh Landscape conservation scheme. link checked 17:04, 2 February 2022 (UTC)
Open spaces[edit | edit source]
East Cliff and Warren Country Park is formed of the East Cliffs of Folkestone, the sandy beaches of East Wear Bay and the land-slipped nature reserve land between the cliffs and the sea.
After the Country Park was set up, grazing animals were banned, this has allowed shrubs and trees to seed naturally across the site. Patches of wildflower meadow still exist and these are the favoured habitats of various rare insects. The Warren is an important habitat for many insects. Over 330 species of moth have been recorded visiting the site.
The White Cliffs Countryside Project, who are assisting by local volunteers to maintain the remaining areas of chalk grassland and meadow. They have created open grassy corridor habitats along the footpaths so that the wild flowers and insects can survive and access other parts of the important nature reserve.
The Saxon Shore Way and North Downs Way, (long distance trails lead through the park between Folkestone and Dover, via Capel-le-Ferne. Beside Wear Bay Road, on the northern fringes of the park, is Little Switzerland Camping Site; it is so named because of the mountainous-looking white cliffs nearby. The Tea Chalet is within the camp site. W
Arts and culture[edit | edit source]
Creative Folkestone Quarterhouse (also known as Quarterhouse) is a performance and exhibition space in Folkestone, Kent, England. It is used for activities including theatre, dance, music, film, comedy, family shows, and live screenings from organisations including National Theatre and Royal Opera House. The venue is also home to numerous festivals, including Creative Folkestone Book Festival, Normal? Festival of the Brain, and SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment.
Community energy[edit | edit source]
- Sustainability Connections (Folkestone), About
Cycling[edit | edit source]
National Cycle Route 2 (or NCR 2) is a route of the National Cycle Network, running from Dover to St Austell. When complete, the route will be 581 km (361 miles) long.
Dover to Hastings: The route follows the Chalk and Channel Way along the cliff tops to Folkestone and crosses Romney Marsh to Lydd. From Rye it follows the coast into Hastings.
Sustainable transport[edit | edit source]
Several long distance footpaths cross the District, including the Saxon Shore Way and the North Downs Way; shorter walks include the "Elham Valley Walk" and the "Royal Military Canal Path". W
The Saxon Shore Way is a long-distance footpath in England. It starts at Gravesend, Kent, and traces the coast of South-East England as it was in Roman times as far as Hastings, East Sussex, 163 miles (262 km) in total. This means that around Romney Marsh the route runs significantly inland from the modern coastline.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
- Hythe Environmental Community Group, Hythe Community Hop Farm, hytheenvironmental.community
Events[edit | edit source]
The Hythe Venetian Fete is a traditional "floating tableaux" (water carnival) that dates and derives back to the 1860s Hythe Cricket Week. It takes place on the third Wednesday in August, every two years, on the Royal Military Canal at Hythe in Kent, England.
The competitive fete is largely sponsored by local businesses and media (some of which have their own themed floats) and also features related entertainments, refreshments, band concerts, and fireworks throughout the evening illuminated variation.
2009's Venetian Fete took place on Wednesday 19 August 2009 with the Town Mayor and Chairman opening proceedings. Special guests in attendance include the local MP for Folkestone and Hythe and the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.
The 2020 event will not be held and is postponed until 2022.
News and comment[edit | edit source]
Folkestone & Hythe District Council commit to a one-year glyphosate phase out period trialling alternatives. Nov
Community radio[edit | edit source]
105.9 Academy FM is a community radio station serving the town of Folkestone in Kent, which launched on 31 March 2011.
The station broadcasts 24 hours a day on 105.9 FM. In spring 2015 OFCOM announced that rules relating to on-air advertising for community radio stations would change, which will enable the station to raise limited funds from this source.
Shoreline 100.2FM is the community radio station for Hythe and Romney Marsh and has been broadcasting since January 2020. Academy FM 105.9FM, the community radio station for Folkestone can also be received in parts of Hythe. W
Near you[edit | edit source]
Ashford - Canterbury - Dover
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