Monkton Nature Reserve

The Monkton Nature Reserve children’s play area has received a £ 860 raise from home builder Barratt Homes.

The donation goes to new pond diving equipment that families and children can use during their educational visits to the reserve.

Monkton Nature Reserve is managed by the Thanet Countryside Trust. The reserve covers 16 acres of land with 350 species of flowering plants, two ponds and a wooded area and offers a range of educational activities that help children learn and connect with nature.

Barratt Kent’s donation helped purchase 20 pond dive sets, which include everything kids will need to learn about freshwater aquatic life, from nets to magnifying pots.

Anna Nicholls, Head of Education and Awareness at Monkton Nature Reserve, said, “This equipment forms a crucial part of our educational visits by local schools and families. The sessions we offer help children connect with nature and help them realize the impact they can have on the environment. With the current school year, many local children will benefit from this update from Barratt Kent. “

Natalie Perry, Barratt Kent’s Director of Sales and Marketing, added: “As a sustainable home builder, we are always looking to give nature a home in our developments and some of our wildlife measures at Spitfire Green include suitable plantations. to bees, highways for hedgehogs, ornamental trees and new hedges.

“Monkton Nature Reserve protects local wildlife and encourages children to embrace and protect the nature around us, and we are proud to support them with their mission to educate the next generation to protect our nature.”

The reserve has ambitious plans to renovate the training pond for users in 2023.

The Reserve is located in an ancient gypsum quarry, last excavated in 1958. In 1985 it was saved from being a county council waste dump on the condition that it became a nature reserve and study center.

The Reserve is open to both members and the public on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm). It is not open on public holidays.

No reservations are required except for some family / child activity sessions during the main school holiday periods. More information on these sessions can be found here.

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