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 2018.

Sevenoaks Greensand Commons Consultation

Also for information please find the Consultation Survey Results which contains the collected responses to the consultation survey that took place this summer as part of the Development Stage. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this process. The information gathered through this will inform the Stage 2 HLF funding application that will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in February 2018. Further consultation will take place as needed during the Delivery Stage.

Proposed Projects

In the year since the Development phase of the Project started, we have carried out extensive consultation with local people and organisations; we have brought together the main partners in the projects, visited other similar sites, talked to regular users of the Commons and introduced many more to the Commons, and carried out ecological surveys of all the sites. 

Please see bottom of the page for downloads of the Ecological Scoping & Outline Nature Conservation Management Plans for the project sites.

We have come up with a number of proposed projects and activities that will actively engage people in finding out more and learning about the Commons and physical works to enhance nature conservation and access. 

View the Proposed Projects and Activities.

If you have any comments on these ideas we would be keen to hear your comments by Friday 19th January.

 

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 (22ha)

  • Sevenoaks Common
  • Sevenoaks Weald Common

The Seal 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 is managed by Sevenoaks Town Council.

Sevenoaks Weald Common 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

 

Downloads

FilenameFile size
Sevenoaks Greensand Commons Consultation Survey Results May - Sep 20171.87 MB
Bitchet Common Draft Report 201722.77 MB
Crockhamhill Common Draft Report 201719.99 MB
Farley Common Draft Report 201714.95 MB
Fawke Common Draft Report 201720.54 MB
Hosey Common Draft Report 201724.33 MB
Seal Chart Common Draft Report 201718.92 MB
Sevenoaks Common Draft Report 201725.31 MB
Sevenoaks Weald Common Draft Report 201712.15 MB
Sevenoaks Greensand Commons Project - Proposed Projects and Activities Dec 2017560.77 KB