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466 Loose Road February 2019 dismissed


During the summer we will be holding regular work parties to continue with our work on keeping the Greenway in an attractive condition.     We have taken the decision to look after this ourselves since the local authority contractors have cut down the spring flowers more than once and we cannot trust them not to do it again.

The next work party is due this week on Saturday 30th – meet at 10am at the Cripple Street end of the Greenway.   If you can attend, could you please bring with you spades, forks and pruning equipment?

For future information, all dates are on our Calendar tab.   We may use some of these dates to carry out work elsewhere in our area, in which case these changes will be notified on our website.

To get the Loose Greenway to where we want it will probably take around three years. What we want to do over that period is to eradicate the nettles and coarse grasses from the West side and replace them with meadow grasses intermixed with wild flowers most of which are perennials i.e. the plants regrow every year. Interspersed with this we want to create some small areas of flowers only normally found in cornfields such as poppy, cornflower, corn marigold and corncockle which are annual plants, meaning they grow from seed very year and then die, hopefully dispersing their seeds to create next year’s flowers. To achieve this we will be killing of the nettles and coarse grasses and reseeding the cleared areas with the meadow and cornfield mixes. We will the work in small patches at a time so that we don’t have a barren and uninteresting

  On the South end of the Greenway we have areas where there is permanent or partial shade. We will shortly be planting clumps of Foxgloves in the lighter shaded areas and in the longer term looking to plant Bluebells and Snowdrops in this area too. At the North end on the East side as you enter the Greenway  there is an area on the bank which is just thick nettles. We hope to clear this small area and seed it with suitable grasses interplanted with primroses and, if we can get them, violets.

Sadly there is still a problem with some owners allowing their dogs to foul the Greenway. This is an irresponsible and selfish thing to do. Most dog owners are responsible and this small minority really must change their behaviour.

If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with the work on the Greenway please contact Richard on 07840 897141.

Thank you for your continued support to help keep North Loose a pleasant place to live in.


The planters on Boughton Lane continue to draw compliments from everyone. Everyone who tended them so carefully throughout the summer have agreed to carry on. This means that we can look forward to marvellous floral displays on this important area of our community for the foreseeable future.

We will be back in our Ancient Woodland off Pheasant Lane on the first Saturday of the month from now until next Spring. There is always plenty to do so if you would like to help please contact david@northloose.co.uk It really is very enjoyable – good for you and good for the woodland!



Gentle Yoga

No, this is not a holdup at the Y Centre, its the North Loose Ends members taking part in a yoga lesson given By Shannon Clarke. The gentle yoga exercises were designed to help members keep in shape whatever their age. Judging by the numbers of members attending and the enthusiastic applause given to Shannon afterwards it was a great success. Members rounded off the afternoon by exercising their brains with some word puzzles.I don’t know if it was down to the physical exercises sharpening their thinking but the members completed the puzzles with enthusiasm and great success.

Next months meeting is a talk by Barbara Stevens on the subject of Public Speaking at 1.45 p.m. on Wednesday, 17th April at the Y Centre. I understand that Barbara is an excellent and witty speaker and comes
highly recommended.



An interesting read from the early 1900s

Click here to read this journal of The Loose Area History Society..




The first activity for 2019 was a work party at our Ancient Woodland.  Ten NLRA members spent the morning clearing brambles and clearing rubbish.

We also started creating a new environmental barrier. It is comprised of fallen timber as it is intended to prevent people wandering into parts of the wood which are to be undisturbed for wildlife. This idea we have borrowed from the Hayle Park Nature Reserve team.

We plan to do another session later this month. Please contact David Southgate david@northloose.co.uk if you would like to come along and help.



Sean Carter – Chair of the NLRA has identified ‘Litter’ as the major problem we will tackle this year. North Loose is not unique. It seems wherever you are and wherever you look nowadays, you are looking at ‘rubbish’. We want to make everyone in our area aware of the problem and we will be pushing MBC to supply more waste bins in busy locations. We have included six Litter Picks for this year with the first three timed to coincide with the Great British Spring Clean (see details below). If you would like to help with this important endeavour, then please contact david@northloose.co.uk. With very little effort we can make a big difference – put the dates on your calendar now!

Fly Tipping is a thoroughly anti-social behaviour. Fortunately, very few people do this but you may be surprised to know that throwing garden waste over your back fence is regarded – in law, as Fly Tipping. The NLRA has delivered a leaflet to all the houses in our area which back on to a footpath to advise them of this fact. It is certainly worth knowing as following a meeting with the Environmental Committee of Maidstone Borough Council, action will be taken by MBC against any resident found to have committed this offence.

A lot of work has been done in our Ancient Woodland. There has been a big effort to clear brambles and a lot of care has gone into building rustic boundary fences. The bird boxes – which we are pleased to report were all used, have been cleaned, sterilised and replaced ready to receive their new residents. It is gratifying to know that our efforts have contributed to an increasing amount of wildlife inhabiting the woods. We work closely with MBC on all matters related to the woodland and have received their formal approval to undertake a programme of maintenance and coppicing work on the trees. This is very  important as all are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (T.P.O.) There will be a lot more to do in the future and if you would like to help then please contact David Southgate at the above email address.

Road Safety is important to everyone. Obvious danger spots will be near schools and on narrow roads and New Line Learning on Boughton Lane is a school on a narrow lane. The NLRA has proposed a number of 20mph zones in our area recommended by the Speedwatch team including Boughton Lane and Cripple Street. The proposal has been  welcomed by Mr Paul Murphy the Headteacher at New Line Learning following a recent very productive meeting with him. The NLRA will be presenting the ideas to other schools in the area.


GB Spring Clean 2019


Loose Swiss Scouts Coppice sign 4