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Many visitors are unaware of Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve’s importance for nature conservation. Ranscombe will play a leading role in a new strategy to connect people with nature.
Made up of grassland, fields and both ancient and more recent woodland, Ranscombe boasts a range of habitats. A particular haven for arable plants, it stretches across over 600 acres on the edge of the North Kent Downs. Lying a stone’s throw from the commuter towns of Rochester and Maidstone, it is also just 30 miles from London.
Ranscombe is by far Plantlife’s most visited reserve, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors each year. However, millions of people live within an hour of the site, giving us huge potential to increase that number further.
By doing so, we can help connect even more people with nature while also inspiring them to support conservation work.
We developed a new strategy during the year to capitalise on this potential and encourage more people to engage with our reserves. It explains how we will:
We believe that Ranscombe has great potential to act as an example site for plant conservation and nature-friendly farming, both regionally and nationally. The strategy developed during the year will support that drive.
Including Ranscombe within a proposed Super National Nature Reserve will also bring benefits by not only facilitating greater collaboration locally but also raising awareness of the site’s importance among a wider audience.
The Green Links Bridgend initiative has chalked up some impressive achievements over the past 12 months while continuing to strengthen the links people have with the green spaces around them.
Our partnership project to connect communities to species-rich meadows while restoring these important habitats has come to a close.
No Mow May lets wild plants flower by asking the public to relax their mowing regime each spring. Find out why 2023’s campaign was bigger and wilder than ever.