The Sevenoaks Greensand Commons are some of the most beautiful, wild places in the south-east, but have become overgrown and undervalued.

Our aim is to reinstate them as important and valued spaces for the local community, by working with local volunteers engaged in an exciting programme of practical work, scientific research and hands-on learning.

The Sevenoaks Greensand Commons are some of the most beautiful, wild places in the south-east, but have become overgrown and undervalued. Our aim is to reinstate them as important and valued spaces for the local community, by working with landowners and local volunteers engaged in an exciting programme of practical work, scientific research and hands-on learning. This includes developing public access to common land, improving habitats for wildlife and increasing public awareness of the cultural heritage of the Sevenoaks and Westerham commons.

Sevenoaks District Council, working in a partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust, has secured initial funding of £65,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop project proposals prior to submitting a second round delivery grant application in February 2018.

Sevenoaks Greensand Commons Consultation

Sevenoaks District Council working with Kent Wildlife Trust and local councils has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a larger project proposal to encourage more people to enjoy the Commons and to improve them. This will be submitted in February 2018. Thanks to everyone who filled in the consultation forms over the past few months. We will post the results of the survey here shortly.

We are holding the following consultation follow up walks.. Please do come along if you can. 

  • 5th September 2017 - Hosey Common walk – meet at Hosey Common car park, Hosey Common Road Westerham TN16 1PL
  • 7th September 2017 - Farley Common walk – meet on the common by Farley Lane TN16 1UD
  • 11th September 2017 - Crockhamhill Common walk – meet at Crockhamhill car park, Hosey Common Road TN16 1PP
  • 13th September 2017 - Bitchet Common walk – meet at One Tree Hill Car Park, Carter's Hill TN15 0SN
  • 19th September 2017 - Fawke Common walk – meet on St Julian Road, by the junction with Fawke Wood Road TN15 0SP
  • 21st September 2017 - Seal Chart and Redhill Wood walk - Meet and park by St Lawrence CEP School/ St. Lawrence Church on Church Road, Stone Street TN15 0LQ
  • 26th September 2017 - Sevenoaks Common walk – meet on the common at the junction of Weald Road and Windmill Road TN13 1QZ
  • 28th September 2017 - Sevenoaks Weald Village Common walk – meet on the common, by the Weald Community Primary School on Long Barn Road TN14 6PY

All start at 6.30pm and will last for approx. one hour. Postcodes are approx. location only.

Please contact andrew.willmore@kentwildlife.org.uk to let us know you would like to come along. If you are unable to make a walk and would like to meet up we will try and accommodate you. Please email Andrew or telephone Fidelity Weston on 01732 463372 and leave a message. Thank you.

What Are The Greensand Commons?

The Greensand Commons of Sevenoaks and Westerham share a rich history and have been a vital resource for local communities for generations. They are owned mainly by the Squerryes estate (Westerham) and Knole estate (Sevenoaks), and have been managed by local councils since 1925 and for the last 43 years by Sevenoaks District Council under a scheme of regulation. Sevenoaks Town Council owns and manages Sevenoaks Common. Sevenoaks Weald Village Commons being managed by Sevenoaks Weald Parish Council.

As well as being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Commons are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and/or Local Nature Reserves (LNR) for their areas of ancient woodland and open heathland. In addition, Hosey Common’s tunnelled quarry workings are important for bat species such as Daubenton’s, Natterer’s, whiskered/Brandt’s and brown long-eared bats. To learn more, visit our Geology and Landscape History pages.

The Commons cover nearly 300 hectares of varied habitats and are connected to the Greensand Way path, with links to the National Trust properties of Chartwell, Knole and Ightham Mote.

The Project Sites include:

The Westerham cluster (159ha):

  • Hosey Common
  • Farley Common
  • Crockhamhill Common

The Sevenoaks cluster (115ha):

  • Bitchet Common
  • Fawke Common
  • Seal Chart and Redhill Wood

The Westerham cluster, owned by the Squerryes Estate, and the Sevenoaks cluster, owned by the Knole Estate are managed by Sevenoaks District Council.

Sevenoaks Common (18ha) is managed by Sevenoaks Town Council.

Sevenoaks Weald Common (4ha) is managed by Sevenoaks Weald Parish Council. 

View our project sitemaps.

 

Bye-laws and Scheme of Regulation

The commons are dedicated for free public access, on foot and on horseback.

Please see information relating to the 'Scheme' commons of Bitchet Common, Fawke Common, Seal Chart and Redhill Wood, Hosey Common, Farley Common and Crockhamhill Common below:

View Commons Bye-laws.

View Scheme of Regulation.

How You Can Help

Share Your Ideas, Comments and Memories

Much of this project involves learning about the history of the Greensand Commons and the people that use them. We’d like to hear your views and memories on the Greensand Commons and this project. For example:

  • How often do you visit these sites?
  • What type of events would interest you?
  • Would you join a 'Friends of the Commons' group? 


Events

Over the next year, we will be hosting a variety of walks, talks and other events. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for further details and visit our What's On page for all Kent Wildlife Trust event listings.

 

Volunteering

You can also support the project as a volunteer, helping run pilot sessions, such as walks and consultation events, practical nature conservation tasks, local history, and hands-on learning. Take a look at our current volunteer roles and contact our volunteering team, or visit our Volunteering FAQ page for more information.


Get In Touch

For more information, please contact Andrew Willmore, Sevenoaks Greensand Commons Project Development Officer at Andrew.Willmore@kentwildlife.org.uk or on 07720 093128.

 


National Lottery Funded