Polhill: the next chapter

In 2018 you have the chance to help us write the next chapter in the future of Polhill bank- one of our oldest and most treasured nature reserves.

Polhill bank reserve extension map

Polhill bank is a beautiful piece of chalk grassland with stunning views of the Sevenoaks area. It is a wonderful place to explore and a haven for a range of wildlife. Kent Wildlife Trust has managed the site at its own cost in recent years to keep it in the condition you now find it in, but this fragile arrangement has given the site no long-term security.

The ten-acre nature reserve has become available to purchase, along with a huge extension which will protect 40 acres overall, for wildlife, for the future. This exciting opportunity, if successful, will bring:

  • Long-term security of the current reserve (ten acres) and 11 acres of arable land to be returned to wild
  • New access points to the site, allowing easier and more efficient management
  • Restore four acres of chalk grassland/scrubland
  • Protect and extend the space available for iconic species such as the adder and grass snake, the red-listed yellowhammer, and the rare Kentish Milkwort
  • Improve the habitats for a range of rare orchids and butterflies

Help give Polhill a future

Thanks to the incredible generosity of a donor, we have the funds to purchase the site, however, we still need your help to restore and expand this threatened site, and help give it a future.

Over the coming months, you can learn more about this wonderful site, and how you can get involved in writing the next chapter for Polhill. Please check back at here to keep in touch with our plans.

Blackcap, photo by Dave Kilbey