Warning: woodland walks currently affected by forestry management

Eagle-eyed walkers, cyclists and dog-owners will have noticed that more forestry management is currently being undertaken in the woodland area up behind the properties along Butlers Hill.

Unfortunately, the paths and tracks that users tread have become unusable, with large swathes of timber having been felled and left in situ, with the result that a large section of the woods is impassable, with paths buried under trunks and ploughed-up land.

There are no ‘No Entry’ signs warning of this either before or after the area; ironically, the area marked with ‘No Entry’ signs further on, where work began, is actually far tidier and paths are navigable.

There’s a footpath buried somewhere under there…

It seems the work is likely to last until September. With dog-walkers being advised, in the current heat, to walk in shaded area and to avoid road surfaces which can get very hot underfoot (or paw), it’s currently not possible to use a large part of the woods, and without sufficient warning signs will also be extremely hazardous to the many off-road cyclists who come through the woods in bone-jarring fashion.

Your Loyal Correspondent has written to Swale BC to ask about what’s going on – further information as we receive it…

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Still more thefts in Dargate

There has been yet another burglary in Dargate, from one of the houses along Butlers Hill. At around 2am this morning, thieves broke into an outhouse and stole a quad-bike.

The police are involved: please continue to be vigilant and mindful of your property’s security.

A firecracker of an evening at The Dove

Congratulations to The Dove, Dargate, for a ‘cracker’ of a fireworks evening last night.

Visitors were treated to a terrific fireworks display and a hot-food stand, after which the epic bonfire – complete with homemade Guys – las lit, followed by some impressive fire-juggling.

A terrific, family-friendly event that drew a large crowd. Roll on next year!