Returning Eden's Meadows

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In July 2015 Kent Wildlife Trust began work on the ‘East of Eden’ project funded by the Biffa Award.

Building on previous successes in the River Eden catchment, Kent Wildlife Trust has begun a progressive new project to reverse the decline in grassland, wetland and woodland habitats in river catchments across Kent. The project has been funded by the Environment Agency and Biffa Award, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

Copyright Kent Wildlife TrustThe ‘East of Eden’ project is growing local enthusiasm, knowledge and skills through a suite of demonstration restoration sites and local events across the River Eden catchment and eastwards into the Medway and Rother River Catchments.

At least 10ha of grassland, 5 woodland sites and 5 wetland scrapes or ponds are being enhanced across these river’s networks of Local Wildlife Sites by local volunteer-driven restoration work. These works are demonstrating how land managers can increase habitat availability and connectivity for wildlife, whilst helping store atmospheric carbon and alleviate the impacts of flooding and poor water quality.

For more information about the project or to get involved through volunteering or project events please contact Sam Thomas, Landscape Scale Project Officer.

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