Mayler writes; “Living in Canterbury City centre during the lockdown with three young children, we have felt very fortunate to have a plot in a local Allotment. It reminded me what an amazing use of public land this is, where people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy the magic of growing your own food whilst sharing skills and knowledge.

Several of the Strategic Masterplanning projects we currently have on the drawing board at Clague Architects incorporate significant areas of community allotments, orchards and growing spaces.  The educational,  health & wellbeing and social benefits of this particular land use are really exceptional and will serve both new and existing communities in perpetuity.

Having watered the veg plot en-route, I continue onwards by bicycle to the coast via the Crab & Winkle Way and the historic Blean Woods where sustainable coppicing of timber has been in use for many centuries. This predominantly native woodland is a designated SSSI dominated by oak, sweet chestnut, alder and hornbeam with a very rich undergrowth tapestry of flora and fauna. The communities of Canterbury, Herne Bay & Whitstable are so fortunate to have this vast area of ancient woodland on our doorstep, somewhere to find a cool walk on a hot day. No one captures the magic of woodland quite like the late writer Roger Deakin who in his final book “Wildwood – A Journey Through Trees” wrote of the interconnectedness of the elements….poetically comparing the sensory experience of being below a mature woodland canopy with the sunlight filtering through, to being underwater looking up towards the sky”

Arriving at the coast just before sunset on the hottest day of the year, Whitstable Beach is busier than ever and the recent experience of the lockdown seems to have made people feel stronger than ever the draw of the sea.”

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