17 February 2017

Old Chalk New Downs

The Old Chalk New Downs project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and focuses on restoring chalk grassland and other downland habitats in North Kent, between Kemsing and Detling.

“Chalk grassland is the European equivalent to tropical rain forest” – Professor David Bellamy on a visit to Kent in 1994

Chalk grassland (or chalk downland) is one of most special wildlife habitats in the UK. Lie down on chalk grassland on a warm summer’s day and your senses will be filled with the smells of wild flowers, the sound of bees and the colour of butterflies and orchids.

It is now a very rare and fragmented habitat and of international conservation importance.  Old Chalk New Downs project will restore and connect downland habitats in North Kent, to conserve this historic landscape and reconnect people with their natural heritage.