Interpretation boards have been installed at the gravel pit, behind the bus shelter on the Down and at Hook Green. The sound box is in operation at the gravel pit and due to be installed soon at Hook Green. Why not take a look? And a listen.......
Jack Frost’s Footsteps
At the turn of the last century a photograph was taken of a cooper called Jack Frost, who lived and worked in the gravel pit of Lamberhurst Common. As well as making barrels, he would coppice trees around the pit to make spiles for fencing and faggots for lighting fires. Local history records that Jack was remembered as 'a dear old man' by the local school children who often used to visit him, and that his wooden hut was a cosy and warm place to be. Jack Frost is just one of many people whose life and work has shaped Lamberhurst Common.
Commissioned by Lamberhurst Parish Council, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by the Kent High Weald Partnership (KHWP), Jack Frost’s Footsteps will encourage the local community and visitors to learn about Lamberhurst’s rich history, listen to the characters whose life and work has shaped Lamberhurst Common, explore the wealth of wildlife and have a practical hand in enhancing the biodiversity of the Common Land.
* Eco club - KHWP visited pupils at St Mary’s School to help them learn about local wildlife,
* Installation of 3 interpretation boards around the Common land,
* Oral Histories - record 3 generations of Lamberhurst memories,
* Management of the land - practical task days to increase biodiversity and improve access with a new volunteer community group,
* Supplying the village with an environmental ecology kit that will include pond dipping & mini-beast hunting equipment.
* Organising training for newt surveying at the Gravel Pit,
* Commission a project website to contain a free downloadable wildlife explorers pack, a wildlife recording page and information gathered through the oral histories and archive exploration,
* Commission professional breeding bird and pond life survey’s to help with green space management decisions.
By sharing our knowledge of the common's history and wildlife, by working to look after its habitats, and by welcoming people to learn more and join with us in taking care of Lamberhurst Common, we therefore hope to follow in Jack Frost's footsteps.
Lamberhurst Common is made up of 11.1ha of semi-natural and ancient woodland, species-rich grassland, former heathland and wood pasture, divided over 4 land parcels.
One part of the common, known as The Down, is a Local Wildlife Site designated for the biological value of its grassland, and former gravel pit that now contains a breeding pond for Great Crested Newts.
As well as being locally important for its wildlife value, each parcel of common land provides access for informal recreation to the community living locally to it. Many of the nearby homes and farms that make up these communities are several hundred years old. The local history society has already traced some of the stories associated with the land, houses, and nearby businesses of the common. The tales that have emerged have indicated a long standing relevance and sense of place that people have gained from the common, as well as its value to the changing local community.
Lamberhurst Parish Council
Lamberhurst Parish Council owns and manages all of Lamberhurst Common for the benefit of its parishioners.
Kent High Weald Partnership
Volunteering, family events, advice and environmental education in the Kent High Weald; "linking community and countryside".
Heritage Lottery Fund
The body which distributes a share of the income from the National Lottery to projects aimed at preserving and making accessible the nation's heritage.