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Sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Local sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Please see our local pages via the Kent category, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • Enough is enough - Maidstone's Housing & Infrastructure, petition against housebuilding levels in Maidstone via, added 17:17, 18 February 2020 (UTC)

Initiatives by topic[edit | edit source]

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Kent Bee-keepers' Association - Kent Field Club - Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group - Kent Wildlife Trust, (Wikipedia) manages the Local Wildlife Sites system in Kent, and manages over 60 wildlife reserves over the county of Kent. Access is free and visitor centres provide educational programmes to children and adults alike - wikipedia:Wildwood Discovery Park, woodland discovery park located between Herne Bay and Canterbury featuring over fifty species of native British animals such as deer, badgers, wild boar and wolves.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

  • Extinction Rebellion Kent, public group on facebook
  • Low Carbon Kent, network of businesses tackling and adapting to climate change

Citizens data initiative

Coasts[edit | edit source]

Kent Coastal Network - Medway Swale Estuary Partnership - Thanet Coast Project

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Community Action South and East Kent has been working with and for the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Orchard Community Energy - Sustainability Connections (Folkestone), About

Community safety[edit | edit source]

Kent County Neighbourhood Watch Association - West Kent Watch

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Maidstone Cycle Campaign Forum, charity representing the cycling community in Maidstone, aiming to improve the cycling conditions in Maidstone and encourage people to take up cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle, and also as a practical and environmentally friendly alternative to cars for short journeys to shops, schools, etc. - San Fairy Ann Cycling Club - West Kent CTC

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

The Bay Trust - World Education Development Group - (WEDG)

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)

Dartford Litterpickers, tidying up Dartford's public spaces - Landscape Matters, group based in Kent formed in response to concerns about the impact on the landscape of the increasing use of polytunnels. - Strawberry Fields Forever, site maintained by 'Landscape Matters' a group of people who live in and around the village of West Peckham in Kent and beyond who have become increasingly concerned about the spread of polytunnels in the area - Tonbridge Litter Catchers, on facebook

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]


Food activism[edit | edit source]

Aylesford Farmers Market - Kent Farmers' Market Association - My Farmers Market - Tonbridge Food Swap - ‘Let’s Grow’ allotment project - Wye Community Farm - Wye Farmers Market - Wye Food

Health and wellbeing[edit | edit source]

  • Dementia Friendly Kent, dementia resource developed with Kent’s communities added 16:23, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Blackthorn Trust Medical care, rehabilitation and social welfare of people suffering any serious or long term illness W
  • Live It Well, Wellbeing Kent and Medway

Localism[edit | edit source]

Produced in Kent

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Friends of Calverley Grounds on facebook, community group looking after the park in the centre of Tunbridge Wells

Road safety[edit | edit source]

KCC Kent Road Safety

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Maidstone Freerecycle, Public Group with 25568 members - Sevenoaks Freegle - Tonbridge Freegle - ReCYCLE, operated by Cycle Community CIC a Kent based Community Interest Company, a Bicycle Recycling Programme

Rural sustainability[edit | edit source]

Action with Communities in Rural Kent - CPRE Protect Kent - Kentish Stour Countryside Project - Kent Downs - Medway Valley Countryside Partnership - Valley of Visions, Landscape Partnership Scheme centred around the Medway Gap. Heritage Lottery funded (for three years) project - wikipedia:White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Donate Tonbridge Vouchers, Tonbridge Town Team, added 15:14, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

Kenward Trust - Maidstone Day Centre, Homeless Care - Kent Sheds, initiative looking to establish a number of (Men's) Shed projects across Kent - Stream Walk Community Garden, Whitstable on Facebook

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

  • Active travel fund schemes,, encouraging the residents of Kent to walk and cycle more, added 16:48, 25 August 2020 (UTC)

Kent Connected, journey planner

Kent Community Rail Partnership

Walking: Kent Ramblers - Wikipedia: Footpaths in Kent (category)

Waterways: Kent and East Sussex Canal Restoration Group - Wikipedia: Canals in Kent (category)

Resources: Setting up a communtiy transport scheme in Kent and Medway,

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Ashford Community Woodland Local Nature Reserve - Bedgebury National Pinetum

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

Pedestrian Action for Tonbridge High Street (PATHS) on facebook

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Sep 13 CPRE Kent supports county MPs in attack on 'inherently unreasonable' new housing targets [1]

May 11 CPRE Kent backs Sevenoaks District Council’s decision to begin judicial review proceedings in its challenge to the Planning Inspectorate [2]

Feb 12 Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects [3]

Feb 10 Gravesham residents form group to fight council's housing proposals, CPRE Kent [4]

Jan 28 Maidstone councillors of all political colours call on Government to ease housing targets [5]

Jan 24 £1million for Biodiversity and Climate Change in Maidstone [6]

Jan 20 Sevenoaks sticks to its guns and refuses to withdraw draft Local Plan from examination, CPRE Kent [7] Council leader Peter Fleming: “It is clear to me the way this has been handled calls into question the integrity of the whole Plan-making system in this country… “To call into question an evidence-led approach comes to the root of our concerns with the actions of the inspector. If we are not to follow the evidence to make our Plan then the government may just as well dictate how many homes an area should have and then pick sites, we need to put an end to the thinly veiled charade that Local Plans are in any way locally led.”


Nov 4 Dover District Council’s Cabinet has acknowledged the serious impact of climate change globally and agrees there is a need for urgent action – and has today agreed to recommend that Full Council declares a Climate Change Emergency. [8]

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Feb 4 South East England: Green Belt: the development pressure ramps up again [9]

Whitstable named first plastic free town in Kent by conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, Jan 11 [10]


Free Library chance as Penenden Heath expands, Mar 1 [11]

We could build more than a million homes on brownfield land… so why aren’t we? Feb 28 [12]

Mum's war on plastic waste, Jan 25 [13]


Farthingloe Valley saved as CPRE Kent wins battle in Supreme Court, Dec 6 [14]

CPRE Kent challenges Maidstone Local Plan, Nov 29 [15]

Canterbury: Locations sought for electric charge points, Nov 24 [16]

CPRE Kent welcomes Medway Council attack on proposed housing hike, Oct 26 [17]

Kent targeted to take huge housing hit, Sep 27 [18]

Shop local – you can’t afford not to, May 3 [19]

New seeds of growth for Kent Sheds project, Feb 6 [20]

KCC wins cash for cyclists, Jan 30 [21]


Maidstone joins the Little Free Library revolution! [22]

Night blight and dark skies – new maps launched, Jun 13 [23]


Free WiFi for all Kent libraries, October 28 [24]


LED streetlights will save energy and taxpayer money, December 16 [25]

Men grow wellbeing with Parkwood community allotment project, June 4 [26]

Environmentalists and conservationists from across Kent discuss ways to protect bees alongside the county’s roads, railways and rivers at a special summit organised by Kent County Council, May 9 [27]


Fracking in Kent? The Public Say No! September 27 [28]


Oaken Wood Public Inquiry begins - could set precedent on ancient woodland protection across England, November 22 [29]

Any airport development in the Thames Estuary would be catastrophic for fragile ecosystems and wildlife, warns Kent Wildlife Trust which is prepared to fight any proposals [30] January 24


Kent case opens door to wider destruction of UK's richest wildlife habitat, [31] 10 May. Woodland Trust urges Government to call in Kent County Council approval for quarry extension into ancient Oaken Wood.


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World's largest offshore wind farm opens off Kent, 23 September [32]


E.ON reveals Kingsnorth kicked into long grass, [33] October 8

Sustainable Communities Act - Kent gets it so wrong, Stuart Jeffery, [34] July 29


Greenpeace reaction to Gordon Brown's speech: "Gordon Brown talked about being a world leader in green technology but put no flesh on the bones of how to get there. After ten years we're still at the bottom of most league tables when it comes to renewable energy. If he really does mean business he should stand up now and declare that there will be no new coal fired power stations like the one proposed at Kingsnorth in Kent." John Sauven [35] September 24

Greenpeace calls on Medway Council to ditch plans for a controversial new coal power station in Kent, [36] September 12


Events[edit | edit source]

Regular events

Farmers' markets: see Kent Farmers’ Market Association Markets Calendar


August 25 Kent Festival of Bees, near Bridge, Canterbury

May 17 - 18 West Kent Green Open Homes

Resources[edit | edit source]

Apps for sustainability[edit source]

Recycle for Ashford - Recycle for Maidstone

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Google environmental insights explorer, Kent,, shows building & transport emissions and rooftop solar potential

Open Kent, public sector agencies in Kent share opendata with members of the public.

Overview of health and wellbeing in Kent, LG inform

Networks[edit | edit source]

  • Tonbridge and Malling Friends of the Earth on facebook

Research[edit | edit source]

University of Greenwich Centre for Sustainability

Local communities in Kent[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Interwiki links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Kent




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