The Kent High Weald Partnership has been working with volunteers to restore Southborough Common following the adoption of the 2012 management plan by Southborough Town Council. We are lucky to have a bunch of enthusiastic and mainly local volunteers who turn out in all weathers throughout the winter months. Our main activity is to remove the non-native and invasive laurel which has established from garden escapees over many years and also to clear out dense holly, especially near the Modest Corner part of the Common. We have also thinned out birch and oak saplings to leave a more open woodland and to make it more accessible to people and wildlife.
A wonderful by-product of the clearance work has been to reveal the site of an old windmill, the possible site of the once famous horse trading ring and also exposing majestic veteran oak and beech trees.
The site is 33.5 hectares, a mixture of ancient woodland, woodland pasture, relic heathland and an old quarry site. The common has a network of footpaths running through it, often well used by dog walkers and increasingly by children for exploration and natural play.
For the current management plan click below –
At the beginning of 2017 we were successful in obtaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund together with our project partners Southborough Town Council (landowners and hosts), the Southborough Society and The Southborough and High Brooms Amateur Archaeological Society (SHAAS). This has enabled us to help deliver an number of events in 2017 and more are planned up to summer 2019
For more detailed information please follow the website link below.
Getting there- volunteer meeting point and suitable parking is by the church, St Peters
Postcode:TN4 0RU OS Grid Ref: TQ574 426