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Milton Creek Country Park

Published Tuesday 31 October, 2023
Last updated on Thursday 22 February, 2024

A Swale Borough Council green space has won gold in the South and South East in Bloom (SSEIB) awards for the ninth year in a row.

Milton Creek Country Park, in Sittingbourne, was once a landfill site, but now offers 128 acres of meadows, scrubs and aquatic habitats for people to enjoy and explore.

It is home to hundreds of animal species, including the Shrill Carder Bee, which are extremely rare and of national and international importance.

The country park also offers a large natural play area, a community events space, as well as an extensive network of walking and running paths through beautiful Swale environments.

The SSEIB awards not only recognises areas’ beautiful flower beds and displays, but also the efforts being made to protect and enhance their natural environment.

The other places that were awarded in the borough are:

Large Town 

  • Faversham in Bloom – Gold

Small Town

  • Queenborough and Rushenden in Bloom - Silver Gilt

Parish

  • Teynham in Bloom – Silver

Heritage Park/Garden

Belmont House and Garden, Faversham - Gold

It’s Your Neighbourhood

  • Abel’s Acre, Faversham - Outstanding
  • Middle Row, Faversham – Outstanding
  • Millfield Allotment Association, Faversham – Outstanding
  • Faversham Abbey Precinct Gardening Group, Faversham - Thriving
  • Faversham Almshouses, Faversham – Thriving
  • Bob Fowler Memorial Allotments, Milton Regis - Advancing
  • Abbey Physic Community Garden, Faversham - Improving
  • Milton Regis Society, Sittingbourne – Improving

Cllr Rich Lehmann, the chair of the Environment Committee, said:

“It's so great to see a site that was once used for landfill transformed into a beautiful green open space that hosts a huge variety of wildlife.

“Milton Creek Country Park deserves these plaudits as our officers and the committed volunteers work hard to make the park an amazing place for people to enjoy our local nature.

“Congratulations to all the other entrants too. Our In Bloom towns, villages and gardens are a massive asset to us and can rival anywhere else in the country.

“I am sure we will be receiving these awards for many years to come, and we as a council are committed to protecting these green spaces and enhancing biodiversity across the borough.”

Watch our video on YouTube to meet the team looking after Milton Creek Park.

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