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Land sought to help Kent plant more trees

Calling local landowners – do you have some spare land on which a new, small wood or a community orchard could be planted? 

Kent County Council is looking for help with its Kent Plan Tree project, seeking sites of up to half a hectare (about 1.25 acres) to increase the county’s tree cover. Funding is available from the government’s Local Authority Treescape Fund for this year and 2024, which will add to the millions more trees the UK needs to reach the carbon net-zero target for 2050.

The aim in Kent is to establish a new tree for every resident – 1.5 million of them. They can be planted as wildwoods, avenues, windbreaks, or small forests, on areas outside existing woodlands ranging in size from a tennis court to a football pitch, to a maximum 70m x 70m.  Kent intends to work with local community groups and volunteers to prepare sites, organise a planting event, and provide aftercare watering and weeding, for at least three years after planting. 

If you have a piece of land which may be suitable, with access to a water supply, please get in touch with us.

Email  or call 01732 865368

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School children learn about their food during allotment visit

Plot holders at our Forge Croft allotments hosted a visit by children from Chiddingstone Primary School this week. They enjoyed their time at the allotments, where they were introduced to some chickens, and learned a great deal, according to their teacher.

children at allotment

Leading into their science lesson the children have seen the practical side of growing food, and are starting to think about how things are grown, and the importance of good soil, a strong ecosystem, and seasonal eating.

What a wonderful experience for the children, and maybe families might like to consider tending to their own plot together.

Our allotment site at Swan Lane is full, but we still have some plots available at Forge Croft.

Contact the Council to start renting a plot
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Wildflowers of Edenbridge

Wildflowers – it’s one of those issues that always sparks a lot of debate! Some people think they look unruly and wonder why we aren’t cutting all the grass in our open spaces, while others think we shouldn’t touch them at all.

We understand that wildflowers are great for biodiversity – they can provide a home and food for many insects and important pollinators such as bees.

It’s all about trying to get the right balance, so the next time you see patches of wildflowers or mown grass, you’ll know there’s been some thought behind our action.

Pictured: Wildflowers of Edenbridge! Locations include Stangrove Park and Blossoms Park, as well as the wildflower meadow at Town Field, which we look after in partnership with Sevenoaks District Council.

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Solar power made easy

Sevenoaks District Council has teamed up with Kent County Council and Solar Together to offer residents an opportunity to purchase solar panels without the hassle.

Solar Together Kent is a group-buying scheme, which brings households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price. The more people who sign up, the cheaper it is for everyone.

How does it work?

• Householders can register online to become part of the group for free and without obligation.

• Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in a reverse auction. They are able to offer competitive pricing as the volume makes it possible for them to achieve greater efficiencies, which they pass on as lower priced installations.

• After the auction, registered households will be emailed a personal recommendation which is specific to their requirements.

• If they choose to accept their recommendation, the specifics of their installation will be confirmed with a technical survey after which a date can be set for the installation of their solar PV system.

• Telephone and email helpdesks are on-hand throughout the whole process which, together with information sessions, will allow households to make an informed decision in a safe and hassle-free environment.

You can register for free and without obligation by 27 May 2023.

For more information visit


Christmas tree collections

When you are ready to take down the Christmas decorations, you can dispose of real trees at a local collection point later this month. Our closest one will be at Edenbridge Leisure Centre car park on Thursdays 12 and 19 January 9.15 am to 10.15 am. Trees with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5”) in diameter can be taken.

If you hold a Sevenoaks District Council Garden Waste Collection permit you can put trees in your green bin throughout January. (Also max 90mm diameter trunk.)

You can also dispose of your tree, including those with a trunk diameter over 90mm, at one of Kent County Council’s Waste Recycling Sites, but you’ll need to book a slot.

For more info visit:…/christmas_tree_collections

Local Christmas tree collection points
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Get your FREE doggy poop bags and help keep our open spaces clean

Dog poo bags and holders
Free dog poop bags and holders are available at the Town Council office.

We are fortunate to have lots of wonderful green spaces in Edenbridge and we are privileged as a Council to maintain them for the local community. The sites we look after include the Recreation Ground and playground at Lingfield Road, Stangrove Park and playground, Blossoms Park and skate park, Millennium Wood (next to Nomads Football Club), as well as Marsh Green and playground.

These open spaces are enjoyed by many, including families and young children, and it can be harmful and unsightly when dog waste isn’t disposed of responsibly. If you are a dog owner or you walk dogs, please help us to ensure these spaces can continue to be enjoyed by all.

As well as dedicated dog-fouling bins, bagged dog poo can be put in all public bins. So there really is no excuse not to leave it.

Dog-fouling facts

  • Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.
  • Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100.
  • If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000.
  • The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

Facts supplied by Keep Britain Tidy

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Next Bulky Waste Collection – Saturday 22 January


  1. CHURCH STREET (THE PLAT JUNCTION) – 9.15am-9.45am
  1. SKEYNES ROAD (BY THE GREEN) – 10am-10.30am
  2. SPITALS CROSS ESTATE (FIRCROFT WAY near Farmstead Drive) 30am-12 noon



The areas the collection visits will be closely monitored for fly tipping.

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