Skills for life

Funding level: Up to £1,000


Monkton Nature Reserve is an old chalk quarry situated in the Isle of Thanet which strives to be a centre of excellence for ecological conservation and education, it is run almost entirely by volunteers. Currently there are around forty active volunteers and seven or eight are on site most days when they are working out in the reserve or manning reception etc. They need a space in the building to put their bags and coats, make drinks, eat their lunch and discuss ideas for the benefit of the reserve and the people who use it.

The sixteen acres of the Reserve contain a range of diverse wildlife habitats, including, woodland, cliffs, ponds and important chalk grassland with two main visitor trails. We have a study centre and a museum on site and most of the local primary schools bring groups to the reserve for field based educational visits. Disability learning groups are also frequent visitors and we provide work experience for students and Duke of Edinburgh's Award participants.

The refurbishment of the volunteers facilities is already underway and we are receiving some support from local business and the community but it is a relatively expensive project which the trustees view as an essential part of the reserves future plans!

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Thanet Countryside Trust

Moment of Pride

The volunteers at the reserve provide a huge range of skills and dedicate both time and labour to maintain the reserve as a valuable local resource.

Location: Monkton