Planting projects

Sevenoaks Rec

Sevenoaks Rec is our first site, identified by the council some time ago as a park that would benefit from complete regeneration, with vast, poorly used open spaces, low tree cover and limited wildlife. By planting thousands of trees in Sevenoaks Rec, we can not only help the battle against climate change, but massively improve the park and the quality of the natural environment for local residents.e



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We are reinventing the southern area as a nature park, ultimately creating some thickly wooded areas of diverse species, with pathways through them, seating areas, and wildlife habitats and boxes. Feature trees will be added. The hedges will be gap filled and extended. Wildflower meadows will be sown, for biodiversity, and variety of visual interest.

All of these enhancements combine to create a far richer, more varied and interesting, and more aesthetically pleasing green space for the community to enjoy. And by increasing tree canopy cover, we will all benefit from greater absorption of CO2 and pollution, and resulting improvements in air quality.

With no central EBC funding available, this exciting project is only made possible by the fundraising efforts and volunteers of the Treebourne group. Langney and St Anthony’s wards are making a contribution of around 10% of the substantial costs from their local budgets, but the rest is being met by grants and donations already raised by Treebourne.

Supported by:

East sussex CC trees for cities Forresty commission
  • 10,622 new trees in total, of 13 different UK native species
  • 10,210 small saplings from 1m-1.75m
  • 392 hedging trees
  • 20 mature trees of about 2.5m-3m
  • 13,408㎡ of tree planting
  • 12,950㎡ of new landscaped woodland created in the southern section of the park
  • 360㎡ of gaps filled in current tree borders
  • 250㎡ of planting around the car park
  • 98 m of gaps filled in hedges
  • 1,936㎡ of wildflower meadows, with over 20 different flower species
  • A selection of bird and bat boxes, and reptile habitats
  • Woodland paths and seating

For full details for volunteers, please view or download this pdf document:
Sevenoaks Rec Planting - Information for Volunteers

It contains everything you need to know about volunteering on this project before you come, and it should answer all your questions. It's essential reading for anyone who books into a session, or who's thinking of booking.


9 Nov - 27 Nov

Public feedback, community engagement

30 Nov - 4 Nov

Rotavation of land to be planted, preparation of site

5 Dec - 23 Dec

Planting trees, including protectors - Phase 1

2 Jan - 24 Jan

Planting trees, including protectors - Phase 2

19 Jan - 24 Jan

Wildlife habitat installation, project completion

Have your say

As local residents, your input into this project, and support for it, are critical to us. This is your opportunity to review and feed back on our work. We promise to do our best to respond to every suggestion, and wherever practical, to accommodate them into our plans.