The Milton Creek Country Park is now open with pedestrian access only at seven locations across the park.
In November 2008 Swale Borough Council successfully received £2million from the Homes and Communities Agency (part of Central Government) to invest in Milton Creek Country Park. The project is part of a wider investment in the Thames Gateway across North Kent, East London and South Essex.
The aim of the project is to provide a ˜green heart for Sittingbourne, and create a better link between the town centre and the creek. The Saxon Shore Way from Gas Road up to the new Northern Relief Road bridge is now wide and level, making it easier for people with mobility problems or pushchairs to get through. Along the path, visitors can stop at the historic wharves and contemplate the history of the area - the creek is the reason Sittingbourne and Milton Regis are here today!
The remains of several barges can be seen in the creek, now an excellent habitat for wildlife but once they would have transported bricks, paper and Londons waste around the area. Artworks in the reed-bed also remind people of the area's past.
In the country park itself habitats have been enhanced for a variety of wildlife. Three ponds have been especially created for Great Crested Newts, wildflower meadows have been planted to attract bees, butterflies and many other insects. The Forestry Commission has provided funding to plant just under 7 hectares of trees which in years to come will create pleasant areas of shade, and support many more birds and insects.
The Milton Creek Ranger has developed a range of volunteering opportunities and events aimed at getting the local community involved in looking after the park and learning more about the nature and wildlife, please email request information for the latest projects and volunteering opportunities.
Milton Creek Country Park currently has 7 entrances in use at the following locations:
All entrances have 'A-Frame' gates in place to try and stop unauthorised access by motorbikes. They have been designed and installed following guidelines around accessibility for wheelchair users. The entrances at Gas Road and Green Porch Close also have a gate which can be unlocked by a Radar Key.
We want you to enjoy the Country Park and kindly request you think about local residents when you park your vehicle. Please do not obstruct driveways and leave enough space for residents to access and exit their properties, thank you.
Phase 1 of Churchfield Wharf has now been completed culminating in the reinstatement of the 'haul road' to a primary path. Safety fencing in this vicinity has been removed to allow access to the play area in particular. There remains a small amount of fencing protecting seeding and planting of scrub and trees at Churchfield Wharf, which will remain until late spring when ground works are established.
Please note that due to the 52-week contract monitoring period which Kent County Council will be carrying out, the Saffron Way entrance will remain closed until early 2013.
Following some recent anti-social behaviour and a theft from Milton Creek Country Park, please help us stop acts of vandalism, graffiti and crime from taking place. If you are at the park and see someone behaving irresponsibly, please contact:
However in an emergency or if you are in immediate danger, please dial 999.
This link gives some guidance on the issue: How do you report antisocial behaviour
In November 2011 a group of local residents formalised themselves to become the Milton Creek Trust. This group will over see activities taking place in the park, apply for funding, carry out publicity works, do the admin work etc. The Friends of Milton Creek is a much bigger group of local residents who want to take a more active role in the park, from tree planting, to maintenance and wildlife surveys. The Trust and the Friends will work closely over the coming months and years to carry out projects and community events at Milton Creek.
The Trust and the Friends have set up their own website miltoncreek.co.uk and if you would like more information or would like to join the Friends, please email email@example.com. Additional information can be found on the Friends of Milton Creek Country Park facebook page by clicking the link Friends of Milton Creek facebook page. The Milton Creek Trust has already run a number of events in the Park details of which can be found here.
The Milton Creek Trust has already worked with Swale Borough Council to come up with a 'colour palette' for the park, using the existing logos for the Friends and for the park itself. This colour palette is intended to help keep the 'brand' of Milton Creek Country Park recognisable. A pdf of the palette can be found here: Milton Creek Colour Palette
This was an oral history project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by Swale Borough Council and Swale Council for Voluntary Services (CVS). The aim of the project was to engage a variety of volunteers to interview and record the memories of people who remember Milton Creek when it was a hub of industrial activity.
With two fishing lakes in close proximity to the new Milton Creek Country Park, KCAPS can provide for all your fishing needs. Please contact Karen Groombridge, Club Secretary on 07504440599 or via email or visit the KCAPS website for further information.
The strategy can be found here: Milton Creek Community Engagement Strategy