lynsted kitchen gardenWho we are:

The Community Kitchen Garden is a group of local people, individuals and families from Lynsted and surrounding villages, who grow their own produce together.  We are based in a lovely field in Lynsted. 

What we do:

We grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and cut flowers together. This collaborative food growing project was set up in 2021 and is also learning to make its own compost, harvest rainwater, keep bees and much more. We follow the ‘No Dig’ approach with the aim of improving soil health, reducing carbon emissions and increasing biodiversity. Sustainability and community are at the heart of all that we do. 

If you are interested in joining us or coming along to one of our events:

website: https://www.lynstedkitchengarden.com
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Open days are focused around seasonally-relevant, practical gardening.  Lots of opportunity to get involved, ask questions, learn about ‘No Dig’ and so much more.  All events are FREE to attend (except the NGS Charity event which is £4 on the gate or through NGS).

Forthcoming Events 2024

Sat 14th April  Spring Time Seasonal Gardening  'No Dig' and Soil Health  10.30 to 12.30

Sat 1st June  Herb Garden Event  Official Opening  10.30 to 12.30

Sun 7th July  National Garden Scheme   11.00 to 17.00

Sun 29th September  Harvesting, Bees and Honey  Pickling and Preserves Workshop  10.30 to 12.30

 

 

park farm community cherry orchard groupPark Farm Community Cherry Orchard is one of the few remaining traditional cherry orchards in the area, where tall stately trees can be seen with sheep grazing beneath. It is part of a working farm owned by Mr & Mrs P Neaves in the heart of the old prime cherry growing belt.

Around fourteen different varieties of sweet cherry grow in the orchard, (producing fruit from June to early August), with wonderful old fashioned names such as Napoleon Bigarreau, Amber, Florence, Bradbourne Black, Merton Glory, Noir de Guben and Early Rivers. The name often tells you something about the cherry. For example, Noir de Guben is a black cherry bred by a Herr Groth in Guben, Germany.

The Park Farm Community Cherry Orchard Group was set up to organise events and activities in the orchard to celebrate the local history of traditional cherry growing and the wildlife associated with the orchard habitat.

Regular events have included Blossom Day in April, Cherry Day in July and a Halloween party in October. We have also enjoyed early morning dawn chorus walks, bat and moth monitoring, fungi forays and much more.

For further information or details of this year’s events please check our website, www.lynsted-orchard.org.uk or Park Farm Community Orchard Group on Facebook or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

lynsted with kingsdown societyWhat we do:

  • Invite guest speakers on subjects of local interest; 
  • Arrange visits to places of local and general interest to our Members; 
  • Arrange social events to publicise the Society and encourage new membership;
  • Research and record the Parish's heritage and natural history;
  • Share archived research and material with the public; 
  • Display examples from our archives; 
  • Respond to queries about the heritage and natural history of the Parish.
  • Single Annual Membership £12/Double Annual Membership £20.

Events 2023:

 Saturday 10 June

 12 noon - 4pm:  "An Afternoon With Lucy Kitt".  This event celebrates the Society’s 20th Anniversary with Lucy Kitt, a modern folk singer/songwriter.  Venue:  Lynsted Church

 Saturday 5 August  6pm for 7pm:  Community Orchard Group hosting Cameo Opera with a programme of Popular Opera, Operetta and Songs from hit West End and Broadway Musicals.  Venue:  Lynsted Cherry Orchard.
 Sat/Sun 19-20 August  We have invited a woodturner to show traditional wood turning using a pole lathe.  Venue:  Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway
 Monday 28 August 1pm - 4pm:  Lynsted Summer Fete  An important and popular event in our Parish.  Venue:  Lynsted Park
 Wednesday 13 September  8pm: "Growing a Wilder Blean"  The Introduction of Bison to Blean Woods.  Venue:  Lynsted Church
   
Wednesday 4 October Sheperd Neame Brewery8pm: "The History of Shepherd Neame - Britain's Oldest Brewery". A talk by archivist, historian and author John Owen.
Venue: Lynsted Church.
Admission: Members free; Non-Members £3. Light refreshments included.
Saturday 28 October Toll Wood Fungus Foray 2022 A Fungus Foray in Toll Wood. Led by Martin Newcombe. More details to follow.
Wednesday 22 November
"0 Years of the Society
Reintroduction of the chough7.30pm: AGM swiftly followed by "Reintroducing the Red-Billed Chough to Kent". Presentation by Suzanne Kynaston (of the Wildwood Trust).
Followed by wine and nibbles to celebrate 20 years of the Society.
Admission free to all.

For further information, please go to www.lynsted-society.co.uk or contact:

Debbie Taylor
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phone: 01795 886387