Clare Lake Restoration Project East Malling
Clare Lake is set in the historic former grounds of Grade I Clare House – and is now in the grounds of The Malling School
The area around the Lake is a much valued accessible open space enjoyed by East Malling residents who have been helping with a programme of restoration and improvement.
A key first step was to improve water quality.
- Non-native fish removed by Hadlow College students
- Lake de-silted
- Ultrasonic device installed to
control algae. The change in the quality of the water can be seen in the gallery
MVCP also helped to install some floating reed beds and a pond-dipping platform for the school’s use
The Meadow and Blacklands Footpath
- Some trees felled to open
up the site
- Hibernaculum created
- ‘Blacklands Wall’ removed
Volunteers have met regularly since 2016 for community tidy-ups, helping with:
- Removal of rubble from Blacklands path in readiness for tree planting
- Litter picking
- Vegetation clearance
Tree planting March 2017
- Native hedge planted along the Blacklands path to soften the metal school fence
- Very well done to the Scouts who worked incredibly hard for about 4 hours, almost non-stop!
We have ambitions to establish a wildflower meadow on the site. First efforts were not successful but we’ll keep trying!
- Clearing vegetation, particularly where it threatens to strangle new plants and hide the historic ragstone wall
- Mowing meandering paths through the meadow to provide access
- generally caring for this precious space
A great many people and organisations have been involved – thanks to them all
Blacklands & Larkfield Scouts/Cubs/Beavers
East Malling & Larkfield Parish Council
East Malling Conservation Group
KCC Community Warden
Local residents /volunteers
Malling Action Partnership
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council