Restharrow Scrape Project

Egyptian Goose plus young 25 July 2019 on Restharrow Scrape

Egyptian Goose plus young 25 July 2019 on Restharrow Scrape photographed by Duncan McLean


 IT IS HAPPENING! The development work to improve the Scrape for wildlife and people is beginning. The first stage is the excavation works on the Scrape itself. So…PLEASE NOTE: the Scrape area will be completely closed from 16th September  for up to  4 weeks for health and safety reasons while Ovendens dig and mould to our specifications to create our enlarged and, in places, deepened Scrape. Following this there will be other short periods when the Scrape area will be closed to allow the installation of the new hide and extended path and disabled parking spaces. We will publicise the closures as far ahead as we can.

The plans and more details are available to view on the progress page below and in the Field Centre on displays and in the Restharrow Scrape file at the rear of the main hall. EXCITING TIMES!

You can follow the progress in many ways and may feel willing to offer help.

There is a file at the back of the main hall with the record of the project so far. This includes the notes from the many meetings and photos of the progress.

Our Planning Application has been approved.

We have been awarded the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £99,500

We have now purchased the land

Many development meetings have been held

Canterbury Archaeological Trust have carried out their work and have found only sand

We have appointed Ovendens as our contractor for the excavation works

We have appointed Gilleards as our hide supplier who are building our new hide to our specifications – we think it will be the first fully accessible hide in Britain

We now need to continue our fundraising to ensure we can afford to do all that we are planning within the whole project, which is costed at just over £340,000.


A big thank you for your donations of £10, £20, £50 etc.

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