The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Sevenoaks.

The bandstand at The Vine, Sevenoaks, 2018, Author: Marathon
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  • CPRE Kent backs Sevenoaks District Council's decision to begin judicial review proceedings in its challenge to the Planning Inspectorate[1] May 11, 2020
  • Sevenoaks sticks to its guns and refuses to withdraw draft Local Plan from examination, CPRE Kent.[2] 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." Jan 20, 2020

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • New Ash Green Eco Hub on, added 09:57, 24 September 2021 (UTC)
  • Sustain'Edenbridge on facebook

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

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Sevenoaks Gravel Pits is a 73.7-hectare (182-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the northern outskirts of Sevenoaks in Kent. It is managed by Kent Wildlife Trust as the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre.

The site was converted from gravel-pit to nature reserve by the Harrison family - particularly Jeffery Harrison, after whom the visitor centre is named. As such, the site is almost totally man-made - nearly all trees on the site were manually planted, and the lakes and ponds were created by excavating and flooding former gravel workings with water from the River Darent. As such, the site represented the first such conversion of a gravel-pit anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Large areas of gravel and sand were replaced with woodland, supporting birds such as woodpeckers, warblers and tits, as well as other migratory birds. These include siskins - a bird that comes in the winter months to feed on alder seeds.

Areas of the reserve have been left to mature and reach old age, with plenty of dead wood habitat for fungi and insects. In contrast, other sections see the trees are coppiced to create open areas and denser woodland with its own community of plants and animals. The reserve further includes five lakes and a mixed habitat of ponds, seasonally flooded pools, and reedbed; and the combination of wetland and woodland enables the reserve to support a diverse community of plants, fungi and animals. As of 2006, over two thousand species have been identified on the site.

According to the notification for the site, the interest of Sevenoaks Gravel Pits centres on its breeding bird populations. The combination of water features such as shallows, spits and islands, as well as the planting of trees and aquatic plants, have provided conditions suitable for both breeding and wintering birds. The water levels in the lake are managed so that islands and shallows are exposed during spring and summer, creating feeding and nesting areas for a variety of waders and water fowl including the little ringed plover, lapwing, moorhen, coot and great crested grebe. Large numbers of wildfowl regularly use the open water in the winter months such as the tufted duck, greylag and Canada geese.

Canada and greylag geese, alongside the mallard and tufted duck are the most numerous breeding species on the site, although wintering and passage wildfowl are also attracted including the pochard, shelduck, teal and shoveller. Equally, passage waders such as the greenshank and green sandpiper, as well as the uncommon little ringed plover, are regular breeding species on the site.

Song birds, including the whitethroat, reed, and sedge warblers can be found in the woodland and reed beds on the site, while sand martins - a species that has undergone major fluctuations in recent years - have a significant colony in a sand face towards the south of the site.

The Gravel Pits' SSSI notification also notes the growing botanical and entomological interest of the site, with thirteen species of Odonata (dragonflies) including the locally distributed downy-emerald dragonfly Cordulia aenea. Plants of note include small cud-weed Filago minima, dwarf elder Sambucus ebulus, and slender bird's-foot trefoil Lotus angustissimus.

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

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Stubbs Wood Country Park is in Sevenoaks, in Kent, England. It is located on the Greensand Ridge, close to Ide Hill village. The site is owned and managed by Sundridge with Ide Hill Parish Council.

Community river action[edit | edit source]

Darent Nature Partnership - an introduction
Authors: Darent Nature Partnership
Date: 2024-04-20

Communities online[edit | edit source]

Sevenoaks Community Forum is a growing, active discussion forum for News and Events within Sevenoaks and surrounding areas. W

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

  • Commonwork, Educational charity at a 500 acre organic dairy farm near Edenbridge, link checked 18:56, 31 January 2022 (UTC)

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

The Eco Pantry - A 'mini doc' by Level Theory
Authors: Level Theory, Aug 2, 2019

The Eco Pantry, Plastic free refill & home store. added 18:22, 28 January 2022 (UTC)

Health and wellbeing[edit | edit source]

Despite being a relatively small town, Edenbridge still has its own hospital - The Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital. Initially a cottage hospital built to care for soldiers returning from The First World War, a purpose built building was established to the south of the town in 1931. With an Out Patients Department, Physiotherapy facilities and a Minor Injuries Unit the hospital is a major part of the fabric of the town. In recent years the hospital has been faced with closure many times, on each occasion it has been saved by local campaigners and townspeople, who see the hospital as an essential part of the community. It is now planned to replace it with a new GP centre with day surgery facilities. W

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

Past events[edit | edit source]


Apr 9 Sevenoaks Repair Cafe, Sat, added 17:59, 2 February 2022 (UTC)

Sevenoaks Information provides a comprehensive What's On events diary for the town and surrounding area. W

About Sevenoals[edit | edit source]

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Sevenoaks is a town in Kent with a population of 29,506 situated south-east of London, England. Also classified as a civil parish, Sevenoaks is served by a commuter main line railway into London. Sevenoaks is 21 miles (34 km) from Charing Cross, the traditional centre of London. It is the principal town of the Sevenoaks district, followed by Swanley and Edenbridge.

A settlement was recorded in the 13th century, when a market was established. Construction of Knole House in the 15th century helped develop the village. Sevenoaks became part of the modern communications network when one of the early turnpikes was opened in the 18th century; the railway was relatively late in reaching it. In the 21st century, it has a large commuting population. The nearby Fort Halstead defence installation was formerly a major local employer. Located to the south-east of the town is Knole Park, within which lies Knole House.

Educational establishments in the town include Trinity School, Knole Academy, and the independent Sevenoaks School.

Near you[edit | edit source]

Dartford - Gravesham - Malling community action - Tonbridge community action - Tunbridge Wells

See also[edit | edit source]

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