Make the most of open spa­ces

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

AN EVENT to cre­ate greater aware­ness of the Ash­ford Com­mu­nity Wood­land Group and en­cour­age more peo­ple to use open spa­ces in the south Ash­ford area is be­ing held on Satur­day be­tween 11am and 2pm. It is be­ing held at Singleton Hill where a com­mu­nity-led for­est was planted in a project to cel­e­brate the Mil­len­nium. It is still be­ing de­vel­oped in a part­ner­ship be­tween Ash­ford coun­cil, who own the land, and Bri­tish Trust for Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers (BTCV). The event will see the launch of the sculp­tures which lead peo­ple into and around the wood­land and the chance to meet Will Glan­field, the artist who cre­ated them. There will also be guided wood­land walks, the chance to see the new in­ter­pre­ta­tion pan­els de­signed by Will Hirs­tle which pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the wood­land’s wildlife and his­tory and the op­por­tu­nity to talk to BTCV rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Jenny Tip­pen, Ash­ford Com­mu­nity Wood­land Group chair­man said: “The wood­land is a great as­set for lo­cal wildlife and peo­ple. “We want to make sure that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble know that they can come here for walks, have pic­nics and en­joy the won­der­ful views over Ash­ford from the top of Singleton Hill.” Park­ing is avail­able in the car park sit­u­ated on the left hand side of Singleton Hill com­ing from Singleton.

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