Park Gate Down Nature Reserve, Kent

In late 2015, Kent Wildlife Trust applied to Viridor Credits for funding to restore five hectares, and create an additional hectare, of internationally important chalk grassland. The award was also used to assist in the restoration of two hectares of mixed scrub and secondary woodland at their nature reserve at Park Gate in Kent.

Funding was awarded to engage specialised contractors who were able to undertake practical habitat improvement and management works. Fencing was installed and livestock were introduced so that the land could be maintained in a more natural way ensuring the continued survival of this endangered habitat.

Since the work has taken place, volunteers have been engaged to support the works, maintain the habitat and provide an ongoing monitoring of the restored land.