10 more Roadside Nature Reserves will be rolled out across Tonbridge and Malling this year.
Cllr Robin Betts, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, has decided on these sites following the unanimous agreement of all local Councillors for these areas, and members of the TMBC Communities and Housing Advisory Board.
A Roadside Nature Reserve is where the grass is allowed to grow longer to increase biodiversity, as part of the Councils commitment to tackling climate change.
Last year saw the first Roadside Nature Reserve at Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge. It was considered to be a real success. This year will also see the first rewilding area at River Lawn in Tonbridge, in addition to these 10 sites.
I have included maps of each of the sites here. The red area shows the area that TMBC owns and maintains, and the hatched area will form the nature reserve. The 10 sites are:
1. Part of the TMBC Council Offices in Kings Hill
2. Basted Mill open space, near Borough Green
3. Part of Carnation Green, East Malling
4. An extension to the existing unmown area at the New Road/Lime Crescent junction, East Malling
5. Land off Lillieburn, Leybourne
6. Land west of Waveney Road, Tonbridge
7. The area between Shipbourne Road and Hazel Shaw, Tonbridge
8. Part of the verge north of Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge, by Weald of Kent Grammar School
9. Land off Brook Street and Upper Haysden Lane, Tonbridge, near to the junctions with Shakespeare Road and Masefield Way
10. Land east of Shipbourne Road, Tonbridge, between the junctions of The Ridgeway and Cage Green Road