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Five eco activities in Kent

Living up to its name as the ‘Garden of England’, Kent has an abundance of beautiful countryside, natural habitats and local produce to explore. Offering ways to conserve, protect and celebrate this bountiful county, Katy Mason, Girl About Kent, shares five rewarding activities to make the most of your next staycation


cliffs, beach and sea
The beautiful Kent coast. Photo: mianthebrand24 at Freepik

JOIN A COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN IN MARGATE

‘Rise Up. Clean Up’ is a community-driven movement that hosts regular beach cleans in

the seaside town of Margate. With sessions on weekends and evenings, join a group to

help clear up any rubbish left behind on the beach and bask in the glow of joining this sociable and rewarding activity. Litter pickers and bin bags are provided; visit the website for upcoming dates. riseupcleanup.co.uk


PADDLE DOWN THE RIVER STOUR WITH CANOE WILD

Spend a blissful couple of hours exploring the waterways of Canterbury’s River Stour by kayak, canoe or paddle board with Canoe Wild. Based just 2.5 miles outside of Canterbury, Canoe Wild run both guided tours and private hire of their water equipment throughout the year from their base in Fordwich – England’s smallest town. It’s a tranquil way to see some of Kent’s natural habitats. canoewild.co.uk

woman with huge wild funghi
Photo: Amy Hitchcock

GO FORAGING WITH FORTH & FORAGE

Discover some of Kent’s spectacular array of wild foods on one of Forth & Forage’s

friendly foraging walking tours through the coast, woodlands and towns of Herne

Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury. A brilliant way of engaging with nature, on one of

Amy’s fabulous tours you’ll learn how to identify some of the hidden gems in our

environment, from the edible flowers and healing herbs, to wild spices and seasonal

fruits. forthandforage.co.uk


ESCAPE INTO THE FOREST AT BEDGEBURY PINETUM

Set in the heart of the High Weald’s AONB, Bedgebury Pinetum is home to a worldleading collection of conifers and over 12,000 specimen trees. Spanning 350 acres,

this magnificent Forestry England site boasts spectacular views, serene trails and natural play areas for youngsters. If you’re keen to really immerse yourself in forest life, there is the fabulous, family-run Stay At Forest Edge glamping site nearby. forestryengland.uk/bedgebury


river and autumn trees
Photo: Katie Mason

FOLLOW A NATURE TRAIL AT ROMNEY MARSH

Boasting a diverse range of wildlife, nature trails and an award-winning visitor

centre (thanks to its host of sustainable features), Romney Marsh Nature Reserve

is a prime spot for a day out on the Kent coast. Managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust,

conservation is at the heart of the reserve and it’s a designated Site of Scientific

Interest. Spend some time here and you’ll come away with a deeper understanding

of the region’s rich history and diverse habitats. kentwildlifetrust.org.uk


flowers and signpost
Photo: James Davis

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Katy Mason on instagram @girl.aboutkent

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