Consultations Environment Open Spaces

Complete our survey – dogs on lead consultation

Edenbridge Town Council manages a number of parks and open spaces for the use and enjoyment of the whole community. From sports, to playgrounds, exercise and dog-walking, these spaces are used for many activities that benefit our health, social and mental wellbeing.

The Council wants to ensure that these spaces remain inclusive, safe and clean for everyone, so it’s important that we manage these sites effectively by balancing the needs and views of all users.

We want to hear whether you think there is a problem with dog fouling in Edenbridge and if you believe we should implement dog-walking restrictions in the Council’s parks and open spaces.

Currently, dogs are permitted at all the Council’s open spaces off leads, apart from playgrounds, and at Blossoms Park where there is already a no dogs policy except for on-leads around the perimeter only.

Please tell us what you think by taking part in our short survey. It should take less than 5minutes to complete. A paper copy of the survey can be picked up from our office at Doggetts Barn, 72a High Street TN8 5AR.

Thank you for your time – the results will be presented to the Council’s Open Spaces Committee and help councillors with any decision-making. The results will also be published on our website.

Deadline: 11.59pm on Sunday 22 October

Community News Open Spaces

Hever Castle digs out prizes for garden winners!

Congratulations to everyone that took part in this year’s Edenbridge gardening competition – Ready, Steady, Grow.

Councillors enjoyed visiting the gardens and meeting residents back in July to help them decide the winners. As ever, they were really impressed with the level of skill and enthusiasm for gardening that was shown.

Chairman Cllr Bob Todd said: “From allotments, to small containers and giant sunflowers, it was great to see everyone’s efforts this year. It was especially nice to see young people getting involved and showing enthusiasm for gardening – hopefully it has sparked an interest that will continue throughout their life.”

A presentation evening was held on 5 September at Rickards Hall to announce the winners and present the prizes that were generously given by Hever Castle & Gardens.

The Council’s Open Spaces Committee has agreed to run the competition again next year, so if you didn’t take part this time, there will be another opportunity! Gardening has many benefits – physical, mental and social, and taking care of our outdoor spaces can also instil a sense of pride, as well as being good for the environment and wildlife.

Scroll down to see some photos from the presentation evening and the full list of winners.

And the winners for 2023 are…

Front/Back Garden                                                
Winner: Auralucia Brook                                                          
Runner-up: Carol Connor
Highly Commended: Michael and Rosemary Hill

Winner: Min Reynolds
Runner-up: Michael and Rosemary Hill

Nature-Friendly Garden         
Winner: Jane Moore
Runner-up: Ms J Burton
Highly Commended: Auralucia Brook

Local Schools/Groups             
Winner: Hever CofE School         
Runner-up: Marsh Green Pre-School
Highly Commended: Edenbridge Beavers

Winner: Pat Rayner
Runner-up: Min Reynolds
Highly Commended: Sue Butcher
Highly Commended: Tracy Jeal

Young Gardener
Victoria Jepp
Griggs family 

Tallest Sunflower
Winner:  Evelyn Luck
Runner up: Darcey Wilks

Open Spaces

Edenbridge joins in celebrations for Love Parks Week

Edenbridge Town Council is among hundreds of open space managers across the country supporting Love Parks Week 2023.

The celebration, run by Keep Britain Tidy, takes place from 28 July to 6 August, bringing together local authorities, green space managers, landowners, residents and community organisations to celebrate and support our fantastic green spaces all across the country.

Edenbridge is fortunate to have a number of parks and open spaces such as the Recreation Ground, Marsh Green, Stangrove Park, Blossoms Park and Millenium Wood. The Council’s busy grounds team look after these sites for everyone’s enjoyment and can regularly be seen mowing, cutting hedges, watering and clearing litter.

Chair of the Council’s Open Spaces Committee, Councillor Angela Baker, said: “The Covid pandemic showed us all just how important our open spaces are; being able to enjoy fresh air, exercise and socialise are things many of us will never take for granted again. Enjoy your local parks this summer and don’t forget to come along to our family fun days at Stangrove Park! Please also take care of them, by putting your rubbish in bins or taking it home with you, including dog poop.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “This week is an opportunity for everyone to recognise the value of our parks and green spaces for communities, health and wellbeing, and to encourage groups within our communities that may not think of parks as a space for them to visit.”

This year’s campaign is made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the environment on your doorstep. It works to improve the quality of parks and green spaces, eliminate littering and reduce waste. It runs programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, its programmes and campaigns visit

Scoop that poop

The Council would like to use the Love Parks campaign to remind dog owners/walkers to please clean up after their dog. As well as dedicated dog-fouling bins, bagged dog poo can be put in all public bins in Edenbridge. So there really is no excuse not to leave it.

Get your FREE doggy poop bags and help keep our open spaces clean – Edenbridge Town Council


Open Spaces

Additional picnic bench installed at Stangrove Park

A new picnic bench has been placed at Stangrove Park after our Open Spaces Committee supported residents’ suggestions to install another one.

Love Where you Live and Keep Edenbridge Clean!
Please use the rubbish bins provided or take your rubbish home with you. Bagged dog waste can also be placed in any public bin in Edenbridge.

Open Spaces

New seating installed at Recreation Ground

A new seat has been installed at the Recreation Ground by the playground area. The shady location under the trees will provide a welcome rest-stop for users. There is also existing seating in the playground.

The installation marks one year since we officially opened the new play area. Children of all ages, including toddlers and teens, have been enjoying its different features including the sensory path, slides and zip wire.

Thank you for all the positive feedback we’ve received about it – one person even told us they moved to Edenbridge because of the playground and the investment it showed in the community.

The new Recreation Ground playground was opened on 16 June 2022
Community News Health Open Spaces

Free walking rugby sessions

Sevenoaks District Council is running free walking rugby sessions for adults of all abilities in Edenbridge this summer.

The sessions are taking place from 6pm to 7pm on Mondays from 3 July at Edenbridge Recreation Ground (The Pavilion, Coomb Field, TN8 5HL).

Run by Edenbridge Rugby Club, the sessions are open to men and women aged 18 years and above of all abilities.

They are suitable for former players looking to play again, newcomers interested in trying a new sport, anyone recovering from an injury or illness and disabled people.

The sessions do not require booking – residents can simply turn up and join in.

Participants should wear clothing and footwear suitable for exercise and are recommended to bring a bottle of water. All other equipment will be provided.

For more information, visit or call Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227000. 

The rugby sessions are funded by Active Kent and Medway.

Community News Health Open Spaces

Join the Edenbridge Walking Group

Steps to Wellbeing – One You Kent, Kent County Council & Sevenoaks District Council

Get active and socialise with a one hour circular walk taking in the airfield, River Eden and local landmarks.

Setting off from Church Street, TN8 5BD, adjacent to the Church, this gentle circular walk will go across open fields, countryside and woodland thickets.

The next walks are taking place on:

  • Wednesday 28 June at 10.30am
  • Monday 10 July at 2pm
  • Wednesday 9 August at 10.30am

Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

To confirm your place, email or call 01732 227000.

Open Spaces

Back of the net! It’s a win for Edenbridge’s football pitches

Head Groundsman and Chairman Cllr Bob Todd presented with plaque from Kent FA

Our Head Groundsman and Chairman Cllr Bob Todd have been presented with a wall plaque on behalf of the Council for achieving a ‘good’ standard for all five of the football pitches at the Recreation Ground, Lingfield Road following a recent PitchPower assessment.
The Council is now eligible to apply for a 100% grant of £16,896 from the Football Foundation to help sustain the pitches at this level.

The Football Foundation’s goal is to ensure grassroots football has 20,000 ‘good’ quality pitches to enjoy by 2030. They can provide grants for ‘good’ pitches to maintain their quality standard, and to ‘poor’ or ‘basic’ pitches to help them make improvements.

This is great news for Edenbridge and for the many players that use the pitches.

For further information about football in Kent visit: The Website for Kent FA

Open Spaces

Footbridge over River Eden removed for safety

Site of the former bridge by the retention dam

At the beginning of May the footbridge over the River Eden near Church Street was removed. Its condition had deteriorated to the point where major works would be required to keep it safe for users.

There is an alternative bridge approximately 100m along the river closer to the High Street, which carries the Public Right of Way footpath SR612 across the River Eden to and from Church Street.

The Council’s Open Spaces Committee considered the options over several meetings, including replacement, repair, and removal. Due to a number of factors, councillors decided to remove the bridge, and there is currently no plan to reinstate it.

The following information provides a summary of the decision process:

  • The condition of the bridge, along with the abutments to the dam, had deteriorated to the point where major works were required
  • An independent survey had been commissioned to ascertain the extent of wear and tear, and potential options
  • Having obtained quotes, which included professional assessments, it was clear that to repair the abutments (which would need to be done before any bridge works) the costs would potentially be in excess of £60,000
  • However, as the costs escalated, Members took the decision to make the area safe and commission for the removal of the bridge at the cost of £6,000
  • At this current time, there is no plan to reinstate the bridge
  • A new bridge would have to be of a design that would meet modern regulations
  • The responsibility for the bridge and abutments maintenance sits with the Town Council. But land surrounding the river where the dam is, has different ownerships including Sevenoaks District Council and a private landowner
  • There is an alternative bridge with a Public Right of Way footpath close by
Environment Open Spaces

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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