Memories – The Back Fields

While visiting my mum in Columbine Road (the house where I was born 66 years ago) I read about Rede Common and suddenly realised its real name to us kids is “THE BACK FIELDS”; so many happy memories. It was a real safe place to play and grow up with. I vividly remember winter 1963…

Rubbish Update

Every work day on the common volunteers collect a wide range of rubbish from around the site. Some of this is rubbish accidentally dropped or blown onto the common from elsewhere. Others is deliberate littering and fly tipping. July 21st – Puller flowering ragwort 12 bags and 2 sacks of general rubbish August 18th –…

What is a local nature reserve?

Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are a statutory designation made under Section 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 by principal local authorities. Parish and Town Councils can also declare LNRs but they must have the powers to do so delegated to them by a principal local authority. Local Nature Reserves…

Widening the Sandy Banks Circular Walk

One task we need to do from time to time is cut back overhanging branches and dead trees that block pathways around the common. One area that has got quite bad is the Sandy Banks walk in the cente of the common. Saturday 17th November we were joined by Stuart from Medway Norse who helped…

Wildlife Update

Our volunteer Rob Peters regularly visits the common to document and photograph the birds and other wildlife. You can see his weekly updates on our Facebook page. You do not need to be logged into Facebook to view our updates as they are ‘public’ but if you do use Facebook please like our page to…

Rede Common on Wikipedia

In an effort to expand our online footprint we have been ensuring that we are listed on a variety of websites. One of the most famous being Wikipedia. We felt it was important that the common is mentioned on there after being of such importance to Strood over many years. Of course being an encyclopedia,…

Quiz Evening at St Nicholas Church

Saturday, the 29th of September saw us hosting a quiz night at Saint Nicolas Church in Strood. Several large teams attended with volunteer Richard giving the questions. Jason and Robert sold raffle tickets and marked the answers. There were some interesting rounds with one being about the local area. Everyone had a good time and…

Community Clean-up 2018

Friday 19th September saw us meet on the hard standing. We were joined by a couple of new volunteers and few of our regular volunteers. Leona from the community payback scheme bought a team of four. We had a stall at our container as well as refreshments so our guests could find out more about…

Tackling Ovrhanging Tree on Columbine Entrance

There was a good group of us on Saturday. We cleared the woodland area of bramble near the Watling Street entrance. We litter picked and tidied the slope and updated our notice boards with up-to-date information. A local resident informed us of an apple tree that was leaning over on the Columbine entrance. We tackled…

Ragwort Removal

This months we were joined by some new volunteers and split into teams working in tall grass removing ragwort from the meadows. Ragwort is rarely a problem in gardens but may occur in pony paddocks, railway embankments and areas of unimproved pasture. Cattle and horses are particularly susceptible to poisoning. Cutting, wilting and the treatment with herbicides…