Trenport has spent heavily and worked hard to be a responsible steward for the site’s natural landscape, flora and fauna.

 

Management of the Peters Pit Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) has adhered to a 1990s programme agreed with the Government-backed Natural England (and its predecessor English Nature) and Kent Wildlife Trust.

 

Kwt logoThis programme and management by KWT – costing £20,000 a year and met by Trenport – is consistently reviewed and approved by Natural England, which recently made a special inspection and awarded another clean bill of health for the SSSI team’s sterling work. Trenport has also guaranteed long term protection, management and enhancement of the SSSI during and after the Peters Village development.

 

The SSSI is also just part of an ecological management programme to protect and encourage many plant and animal species, including reptiles – notably our now famous Great Crested Newts – and bats. All such work is in partnership with appropriate specialists and relevant authorities.

 

Day-to-day management and care of the site though has been entrusted to our ranger Terry Venn, who has presided over a transformation from eyesore (see story right) to land with a promising future. 

 

* For more on this topic see our publicly available Environmental Statement at TMBC’s planning department.

how it was...

A decade ago, when the former Peters Lime & Cement Works had been derelict for some time and a multifarious string of businesses had occupied the site, handling everything from car-breaking to coach hire, this stretch of the River Medway was an eyesore.

Burnt out car WouldhamWrecked and burnt out cars littered the landscape, fly tipping was rife, and joyriders on motorcycles and in 4x4s thought they had licence to rampage across the landscape.

Trenport put a stop to this and began creating an environment where rare and fragile species could recover and become part of its overall aim to build the future community of Peters Village with enviable amenities and access to a classic Kentish landscape.