Consultation work on an exciting new project for Romney Marsh kickstarted at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre last weekend as part of the 18th and 19th July Open Days held at the site.
Kent Wildlife Trust and a wide range of partners are keen to gather the public’s thoughts over this coming Summer and Autumn on the ‘Fifth Continent Landscape Partnership Scheme,’ a Heritage Lottery Funded project which will be submitted in October 2016!
Ewa Prokop, Fifth Continent Project Officer, said ‘We hope to develop lots of projects that involve the community as part of the Fifth Continent Scheme. We are gathering together people’s opinions and ideas by running some ‘drop-in’ sessions in St. Mary’s Bay, New Romney, Lydd, Dungeness and Sevenoaks and by talking directly to local community groups, farmers and schools.
At the Kent Wildlife Trust website, there is also opportunity to fill out an online questionnaire. We are also asking people to choose 'Five Words For The Fifth Continent' and let us know what they are! These can be five, individual nouns, verbs, adverbs or adjectives that people feel epitomize the Romney Marsh area or express how they feel about the landscape. These can be submitted on our Fifth Continent Facebook page or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will be interesting reading and contribute to a montage in the Landscape Conservation Action Plan that is to be submitted as part of our bid.’
There are fifteen separate strands to the Fifth Continent Scheme which include such things as surveys and restoration of special habitats; historical research of built and archaeological heritage; promotion of local medieval churches; initiation of a ‘New Lookers’ community policing project; capturing of oral histories of local communities; encouragement of sustainable tourism; running of heritage and arts activities; instigating traineeship and apprenticeship programmes.
More information about the Scheme can be found at www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk
o Saturday 8th August All Saints Church Summer Fayre, Lydd
Sunday 9th August Rye Fete
o Friday 14th August Lydd Library, Lydd
o Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August Sevenoaks Fair, Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Sevenoaks
17th August Mosaic Day at Dymchurch
19th August Venetian Fair
o Tuesday 25th August New Romney Library, New Romney
o Friday 28th August Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, St. Mary’s Bay
o Thursday 10th September Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, St. Mary’s Bay
o Saturday 19th September Lydd Library, Lydd
o Saturday 3rd October New Romney Library, New Romney
o Sunday 4th October Dungeness RSPB Visitor Centre, Dungeness
Saturday 10th October Hythe Farmers Market