The Blean Heritage & Community Group’s aim is to encourage people to visit the Blean Woodlands, to experience and enjoy its heritage and wildlife.
Our voluntary group was formed in 2005, supported by a lottery grant from the Local Heritage Initiative. Our activities have included: footpath surveys and improvements, surveys of woodland archaeology and mapping of veteran and significant trees.
Six members trained as walk leaders under the local ‘Healthy Walks’ initiative, four in first aid and three in using a brush-cutter safely.
Guided and themed walks are organised by the group, including for both the Canterbury Festival (since 2005) and the Herne Bay Festival (since 2007).
We organised a Woodland Festival at Canterbury University in 2007. In partnership with the Kent Wildlife Trust and the Blean Initiative, another Woodland Festival was celebrated at Strode Park in Herne in 2010. Other events have been organised from evening talks to an annual Ceilidh. We also try to promote the use of wood fuel and products from The Blean.
We published several issues of the popular Blean Newsletter. Our other publications include postcards, four self guided walk leaflets, with two more on the way, plus a Heritage leaflet. These are available from visitor centres and other local outlets. Contact us on 01227 372519.