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Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council

Friends of BMAT

Image reproduced with kind permission of Graham Clarke Image reproduced with kind permission of Graham Clarke

Over 100 local people of all ages came together on Saturday 25th January to plant more than 500 native trees on land next to Campfield Farm in Loose. The event was organised by Boughton Monchelsea Amenity Trust with help from the Rotary Club of Maidstone, Boughton Monchelsea Scout Group and the Piper family.

The land was kindly donated to the trust by the Firmin family and has been named Firmin’s Field in memory of Ian Firmin who passed away recently.

A further tree planting day was held at Walk Meadow, Bottlescrew Hill on Saturday 22nd Feb. Again, this was very well attended and over 1,000 native trees were planted in just 2 hours! The Rotary Club and Scouts were kindly on hand to help.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the two successful tree planting days, producing new local amenities and responding to the global climate emergency.

Forthcoming Friends of BMAT projects are as follows :

  • Maintenance of the newly planted ‘Firmins Field’ including installation of log seats and sowing wildflower seeds in the glade
  • Development of a 2 acre wild flower meadow on the Furfield Park open space off Brishing Lane. We have recently been awarded an £1,800 ‘Go Green Go Wild’ grant from MBC and the area will be prepared and seeded during Spring 2020

If you would like to register as a Friend of Boughton Monchelsea Amenity Trust please complete and return the below form or contact the Parish Clerk on 01622 744969 or [email protected]

The first Friends of BMAT meeting will take place on Friday 13th March at 7.30pm in the committee room of the village hall. Please let us know if you can attend. The agenda is below.

  1. Introduction and apologies
  2. Background and geography of BMAT
  3. Aims and objectives for BMAT
  4. Wilding – what is it and why are we doing it?
  5. Current plans and projects: Firmins Field, Walk Meadow, Furfield Park open space wildflower meadow
  6. Ideas from the group
  7. Roles and responsibilities of volunteers ‘Friends of BMAT’
  8. Communications
  9. AOB
  10. Date of next meeting