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Heritage Open Days – guided walk - Venue: The Hub / Table 8

Sun 19th September 2021: 2.30 pm

Pre-booking is preferred so please email editors@fogh.org.uk

Booking opens: Wednesday 1 September 2021 at 9.00am

A guided walk exploring the historic and renewed features of the park, and the plants and animals of its varied natural habitats. The walk will be led by Dr Ian Beavis, Research Curator at The Amelia, Tunbridge Wells.

This guided walk will cover the highlights of the park’s history from its Victorian origins as the town’s first purpose-made park to its recent Heritage Lottery funded restoration, as illustrated by surviving historical features and newer elements that complement that heritage.

The walk will also show how the park’s natural habitats reflect the origins of its component parts as the waterworks for the Calverley Estate and a typical small High Wealden mixed farm (Packs in the Wood or Charity Farm); and how they provide an important refuge for wildlife within an urban landscape. The park’s wetland, flower-rich grassland, and ancient woodland still support a wide range of flowering plants, butterflies, dragonflies, bees and other creatures, some of them nationally scarce.

 

A free event but booking is advisable.
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