There are several lovely green spaces alongside the River Great Stour in Canterbury.
Key habitats: River, wet meadow, wet woodland and scrub, ponds
Size: Most sites are under 1 ha
Designations: Local Wildlife Site (parts) Local Nature Reserve (Bus Company Island and parts of Westgate Parks only)
About the Site
Canterbury Riverside consists of:
Westgate Parks Includes: the ornamental Westgate Gardens with their lovely specimen trees and planting; Toddlers Cove which is ideal for family recreation with its play area; Tannery Field a pleasant open space; and Bingleys Island, a small area of natural habitats.
Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens Greyfriars Chapel is the only building remaining of the 13 century Franciscan Friary. Please feel free to wander around the garden to enjoy the quietness, despite being so close to the busy city centre. Visit the exhibition on the lower floor to read more about the history.
Solly’s orchard Originally part of the Dominican Priory established in the 13th century and later, in the 17th century, an apple orchard, this site was restored in 2005 to reflect both these aspects of its past and is now a peaceful green space.
Miller’s Field A small park in the north of the city, in a very attractive area on the river.
Bus Co Island A little known ‘green oasis’ hidden away behind The Causeway. The site was bought by Canterbury City Council in 1994 from the bus company and designated a LNR. Size: 1.7ha. Open by arrangement only.
St Radigunds A narrow strip of land with riverside access alongside St Radigunds car park.
Kingsmead Field A large playing field and recreation area
By car Canterbury Riverside sites are readily accessible from many points close to Canterbury City centre. A number of car parks are available in close to the sites, including Toddlers Cover car park, Miller’s Field and St Radigunds.
By train Both Cantebury East and Canterbury West are within walking distance of the riverside.
By bike National Cycle Route 18 passes through some parts of the riverside.
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