Restharrow Scrape Project

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aerial photo taken by Nik Mitchell on 18th January 2020

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 appointed Ovendens as our contractor for the excavation works and they have concluded their work

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.

What’s involved with this three year project?

The Restharrow Scrape Project has many elements:

Purchase of the site –


Development of the site including the provision of a second hide

The scrape beginning to fill with water 25 October 2019
The scrape beginning to fill with water 25 October 2019

The development work to improve the Scrape for wildlife and people is beginning. The first stage is the excavation works on the Scrape itself. This has now been completed.

The second step on the Scrape is the installation of the new hide – installed.

The next step is to install the path extension, the blue badge parking spaces and the new entrance gate. This work will start on 20th January. While this work is being done there will also be a work party to refurbish the existing hide and install screening at the new hide site. If you would like to help please contact

Recruitment of an Assistant Warden to support the interpretative and outreach elements of the project amongst other duties

Becky Downey is in post.

Recruiting new volunteers to help visitors to the hides

Thank you to those who have already offered to help. More details once the new hide and path is in place.

Support monitoring, recording and analysis of wildlife of the area

Ongoing work. If you can offer help with the entry of historic data please contact us.

Training for staff and volunteers

Working on one of the activities
Working on one of the activities

Our first event was very successful with 37 volunteers helping us with feedback on the project so far and learning how important it is to measure our success or otherwise throughout the 3 year project.

A second event took place on Friday 22nd November.

An induction pack to support all volunteers is in the early stages of planning.

Wednesday 19th February 1pm to 4pm: Volunteers welcome event. Please contact if you would be interested in attending.

Engaging with a wide range of groups and individuals to offer them outdoor and wildlife experiences

Various groups were involved in helping us design our new hide. This will also be a priority part of the Assistant Warden’s job.

Development of interpretation material on site and for wider distribution

Some walks leaflets have already been produced. Two large notice boards are designed and about to be produced. Planning continues on material for the inside of the hides.

How you can follow progress:

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.

Lapwing Chicks by Don Wilks
Lapwing Chicks on Restharrow Scrape by Don Wilks