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Old Park Hill

Old Park Hill (c) Kent Wildlife Trust

This project has seen the establishment of a new 40 hectare nature reserve complex on the edge of Dover with 35 hectares of chalk grasland restored. 

Owned by Dover Harbour Board and managed by Kent Wildlife Trust, Old Park Hill had become an area of secondary woodland and scrub since 1987 when grazing stopped after land ownership passed from the Ministry of Defence to Dover Harbour Board. 

Fencing has now been installed and effort from both conservation volunteers and, more recently, konik ponies are helping to establish new areas of chalk grassland.  More scrub clearance on the site has taken place in the last two years.  

The Roadside Nature Reserves on the southern and western slopes have also been enhanced by removing trees and allowing the chalk grassland to return.