West Malling Farmers Market. Attribution: Philralph
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Location Malling, Kent

West Malling is an historic mediaeval market town based in West Kent. Malling, West Malling and hinterland consists of the parishes of Addington; Birling; East Malling; Kings Hill; Larkfield; Leybourne; Mereworth; Offham; Ryarsh; and Trottiscliffe.

The area is unusual in that East Malling, Larkfield and Kings Hill are substantial communities with their own shops and facilities – however they provide the main commercial and industrial estates, leaving West Malling as a traditional market town offering retail shops, services and hospitality to the surrounding area. There are more than 500 businesses in the Malling area.

The parishes are within the Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (offices at Kings Hill). The town is actually closer to Maidstone, County Town of Kent, than to Tonbridge; however both are substantial centres within easy reach of West Malling. [1]

Malling community action[edit | edit source]

Sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Sustainable Malling on - Twitter @greenmalling - pinterest (sign in maybe required). This wiki page can also be viewed as a resource and information page for Sustainable Malling.
  • Kings Hill and West Malling Eco Hub on facebook.com, added 13:04, 27 June 2021 (UTC)

Climate action[edit | edit source]

  • Extinction Rebellion Tonbridge and Malling closed group on facebook

Setting Climate Committments for Tonbridge and Malling, Quantifying the implications of the United Nations Paris Agreement for Tonbridge and Malling, Feb 2020 carbonbudget.manchester.ac.uk

Opportunities to reduce energy use, stimulate economy, cut bills & reduce running costs of buildings, transport & industry thereby creating a happier, healthier, more prosperous place, & tackling climate change. pcancities.org.uk

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

East Malling, Ditton and Barming, blog of wildlife sightings

Communities online[edit | edit source]

eastmalling.net, independent project providing information and news for residents and visitors of East Malling

East Malling - supporting community projects in East Malling

Community safety[edit | edit source]

Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Partnership - e-watch.co Tonbridge and Malling

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Tonbridge Bicycle Users Group, public group on facebook, added 16:24, 25 September 2020 (UTC)

West Malling on CycleStreets, plan a cycle journey

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Report a problem on the road or pavement - kent.gov.uk

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Communigrow - Kent Community Supported Agriculture, aims include the current transformation to create a viable market garden run by the local community of Larkfield, Ditton and the Mallings.

Farmer's market:

West Malling Farmers Market, usually on the 4th Sunday of each month, but may be different in December

Spadework - farm shop

West Malling group on LetsGrow, Landshare

Malling Harvest Festival Supper, 2010 [2]

Health and wellbeing[edit | edit source]

Localism[edit | edit source]

West Malling Local Businesses, Shops and Services

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Macey's Meadow, renovated community orchard - East Malling Residents' Action Group

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Pilsdon at Malling, community, based in West Malling. Christian-based Community with its ideals and ethos taken from the Pilsdon Community in Dorset. The first Pilsdon Community was founded in 1958 as a refuge for those in crisis.

Spadework, independent training organisation, based in Offham, which undertakes tuition in a number of subject areas for adults with Learning Disabilities.

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

traveline south and east, plan a journey

Live departures and arrivals - West Malling, National Rail Enquiries

JourneyCheck West Malling to London Victoria

National Rail Enquiries: Station facilities for West Malling, Station Facilities for East Malling

Resources[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Thriving Places Index, Tonbridge and Malling, 2020 summary scores, thrivingplacesindex.org added 17:53, 19 March 2020 (UTC)

Automatic search suggestions for TheyWorkForYou, FixMyStreet, and WriteToThem, when you enter your postcode on www.mysociety.org. eg mysociety.org

Census data 2011, use drill down menus for ward and Census Output Areas

West Malling Poverty and Index of Multiple Deprivation data from the Church Urban Fund

Maps[edit | edit source]

Poverty Map from the Church Urban Fund. (Enter location eg 'West Malling, Egland', then zoom out to see whole and neighbouring parishes)

Video[edit | edit source]

More Video: Macey's Meadow Apple Fest 2015 on youtube

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Malling parkrun Event #200 includes "an amazing number of donated food bank items for the Trussell Trust". Read the "moving item" in Malling park run Event #199 [3]



We could build more than a million homes on brownfield land… so why aren’t we? Feb 28 [4] ...Kent news


14% of Tonbridge and Malling is 'Built on', compared to 6% nationally, Nov 9 [5]


Following West Malling Parish Council's decision to produce a Neighbourhood Plan, and the formal approval process, the Parish Council is asking residents 4 questions to help start the process. You can see a summary of answers from West Malling residents who attended the event on 3rd July, but also still give your answers via the PC website. See our talk page for a sample response, October.

East Malling Green Belt Questionaire


Communigrow still needs more 'friends'. If you live locally and might be interested in this local food project please get in touch, December 8 [6]

Events[edit | edit source]

Regular events

4th Sunday of each month (usually, but December sometimes different) - West Malling Farmers Market

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • Protect West Malling, public group on facebook
  • Ryarsh Protection Group, an action group working alongside Ryarsh Parish Council. "Our priority currently (2018) is to object to the proposed ‘West Malling Sandpit’ which is a large sand quarry located in Ryarsh."

Local concerns[edit | edit source]

Overdevelopment[edit | edit source]

In common with many areas across the the South East, the constant threat of overdevelopment or inappropriate development, for example locking us into yet more car dependency, pollution and carbon emissions, loss of green space, lack of genuinely affordable housing and imbalances against community interests in the current top down planning system is a concern for many people locally.

14% of Tonbridge and Malling is 'Built on', compared to 6% nationally, Nov 9, 2017. [7] Because of recent and planned new housing the disparity is likely to be growing, with even more of a disparity for some parts of the Borough. It wold be interesting to know what the figure is for Malling and how this has increased over recent years.

See also[edit | edit source]


External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. MAP Action plan 2009-2011, Introduction (link no longer available)
  2. link no longer available
  3. www.parkrun.org.uk/malling
  4. cprekent.org.uk
  5. bbc.co.uk
  6. Communigrow - Kent Community Supported Agriculture
  7. bbc.co.uk