Town Council Gives Green Light to Green Site

16th Jul 2018

Work is to begin soon on converting the former cemetery in Coombe Lane, Tenterden into a new 'green' area for the town.


The Town Council has accepted the findings of a report by countryside consultant Gemma Hayes which gave a detailed insight into the potential future of the half-acre site, which has not been used for burials for more than half a century.


The report, which supported another study last year by the Kent Wildlife Trust, recommends creating a wildflower meadow, installing bird- and bat-boxes, insect 'hotels', and dead wood log piles which encourage the growth of mosses and lichens and encourage bees and other invertebrates.


The council has set up a sub-committee to see the project through to completion, as well as look at other areas in the town which could be developed to encourage wildlife.


The sub-committee will invite residents of Coombe Lane to participate, while the initial work on the site will be carried out by the town's maintenance team.


Says Cllr Nikki Gooch: "This is a great idea, and I'd like to see local children involved in the project, particularly in making the bug houses”.


Says Tenterden Mayor, Cllr Pam Smith:  "Coombe Lane is one of the town's 'hidden secrets', and I very much hope that it will be as successful as the last one we identified - the Millennium Garden, which we restored and re-opened in 2000."