The Friends of Rede Common are a volunteer group that manage Rede Common nature reserve in Strood and this page explains all about us and our endeavors.
In the beginning we were just protesters, campaigning against building that was taking place on part of the common. We formed ourselves into a steering group in 1998 to manage the land in partnership with Medway Council and have completed a number of successful projects since.
January 2020 saw us become a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) with the volunteers on the committee now Trustees. This change enables us to continue our work ensuring that we are organising our time and various projects effectively.
Volunteers meet on the third Saturday of the month between 10:00am and midday at the hard standing at Thurston Drive. They participate in different activities from cutting down dead trees and planting wild flowers to sweeping leaves from pathways and picking up litter. Tools and refreshments are provided.
It does not matter if you are not super fit or highly skilled as there is always someone to show you how to do things. All ages are welcome but children must have a responsible adult with them. Come along and give us a try, we are a friendly bunch. Contact us to find out more about us or just turn up!
To see when we meet and what we are up to check out our Google calendar. That way you can plan around meeting up with us.
About our Activities
We work to a management plan for the site. This lists the recommended jobs that need to be carried out on the reserve to maintain it. Much of this is done by volunteers. The tasks that we don’t carry out are undertaken by Medway Norse.