Rochester South and Horsted Councillors Rupert Turpin, Sylvia Griffin and Trevor Clarke were delighted to recently be joined by members of the local community at an inaugural meeting to discuss setting up the new 'Friends of Horsted Valley' group. There was a fantastic turnout and really positive discussions were held.
Horsted Valley is a mosaic of natural habitats, ranging from rare chalk grasslands to ancient semi-natural woodland. Along with important landscape and ecological features it includes amenities such as football pitches, play areas and walking routes, and it is great to see this important community asset bringing people together in so many ways.
Medway Council are currently working on a project aiming to promote access through Horsted Valley by formalising walking and cycling routes, as well as interpretation trails, so that users can learn whilst exercising or enjoying the site. This project also aims to encourage community involvement, grow existing and new partnerships, and increase the value of our natural capital.