In the middle of March, Network Rail invited Five Acre Wood Snodland school, Grow 19 and Kent CRP to view the completed work to clear overgrown vegetation from their land behind Snodland station, with a view to allowing Five Acre Wood to use the area as an allotment and outdoor learning space.

Lots of exciting possibilities were discussed; restoring the abandoned planters, creating benches and quiet areas to watch the passing trains, growing vegetables and flowers.,

A patch of land, cleared of overgrown vegetation. The remnants of a line of planters crosses the middle. It is bordered on two sides by walls with fencing at the far end.

We are not quite ready to begin. A community lease needs to be drawn up which will set important criteria around how the site is used, Network Rail need to be able to access certain areas for inspection and maintenance of their property, only shallow digging will be allowed in order to avoid disturbing any underground services.

Once the community licence is granted, further tidying up will be required. Picking litter, removing waste materials and some further clearance of spring growth before Five Acre Wood and Grow 19 can begin their transformation of the space.

We will ‘shout out’ to our members and supporters when we are ready to go for manpower, skills and any leads on financial support.

A huge thank you to Network Rail for their ongoing support in creating a valuable learning space for Five Acre Wood Snodland school.