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Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park receives more than £8,000 for new information boards

Published Monday 15 March, 2021
Last updated on Monday 15 March, 2021

Visitors to Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park will be able to find out more about the site’s history and biodiversity thanks to a grant of more than £8,000 from Swale Borough Council.

The Friends of Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park bid for the funding from the council to install new information boards around the site.

To make sure all park users can learn about the rich history and biodiversity of the site, the boards will include information in Braille, and use QR codes to help people find more information.

The council agreed to contribute £8,362.80 to the cost of installing 14 new boards through its £1 million a year special projects fund. This was set up to provide capital funding to projects that work with the community to improve their local area.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park is a popular destination for people to enjoy the fresh air and woodland walks throughout the year.

“The Friends group have been working with our open spaces team to maintain and improve the park, and this funding will help visitors to understand more about the history and wildlife at the site.

“By helping people find out more about the park, it helps connect people to the history of the area and appreciate the diverse range of species of plants and animals that can be found on the site.”

Paul Jessett, chairman of the Friends of Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, said:

“The Friends of Oare Gunpowder Works would like to thank Swale Borough Council for the grant to refresh the Interpretation Boards at Oare Gunpowder Works.

“This project will assist to communicate with newcomers to the area the history of the local area and promote the local opportunities for volunteering.

“It will help to communicate with visitors the different biodiversity, sustainability and environmental issues, for the work being undertaken within the country park.

“The sign posting will be aimed at encouraging visitors to complete the trails and encouraging them to walk a little further thus encouraging exercise for all.

“The refresh shows that the local authority is investing into its green spaces and supporting its local heritage, including links to the rich history of the Gunpowder Industry of Faversham. This will boost local tourism.

“The Friends would like to thank Councillor Ben A Martin of Priory ward for championing our passion for the Country Park.”