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The Lodge Hill expedition
On the 16th and 17th June a group of writers, artists, conservationists and local campaigners came together to visit Lodge Hill, to explore the many different aspects of its character which combine to create such a unique place. Read more at ....
The CGI monsters of Independence Day will never haunt the imagination by Catherine Shoard
Last Thursday I went to Belfast and Basra. I did this in Kent, at a massive abandoned army camp sold off by the Ministry of Defence and now earmarked for 5,000 new homes. In fact there are already a handful of houses on the site, constructed by the army in the 70s and 80s for bomb disposal and combat reconnaissance training, and now colonised by bee orchids and nightingales. Read more at .....
A record of the natural rewilding of Lodge Hill military training area, Chattenden, Kent before it is lost to development. Produced for People Need Nature, following an expedition on the 17 June 2016, by Maria Nunzia @Varvera
People Need Nature is interested in the value of public land (for nature) and also in the inspiration that nature provides for people to be creative.
The lane down from the Lodge has a roadblock and is bordered by chain-link fencing and barbed wire. The derelict buildings carry security notices but it is unclear why they warrant dog patrols. Branches reach from either side the lane, squirrels pass between them, dog roses light up green shadows. At the high wall topped with iron spikes there’s a metal gate with a rectangular opening for access to the lock. It also offers a peephole onto the hillside of grass and scrub. Through there, behind the gate, is a walnut tree and beside it a concrete sentry post.....Read more at .......
Between downpours the security guard goes behind the building for a cigarette. Beside him is a fire-bucket of sand in which a thousand stub ends from countless shifts have been placed. We are admiring the yellow brick Victorian building across the road which he tells me used to be a railway station and the road a narrow-gauge track. He points out the cast-iron ventilation grills in its walls and compares them to the plastic vents in the security building....... Read more at ......
Sound recording nightingale
Composer and poet Matthew Shaw records the extraordinary croaky frog & whistle part of a Nightingale's song reportoire.
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