Friends of Rede Common


Known locally as Sandy Banks due to the underlying geology of sandstone, Rede Common totals ten hectares of open space on the doorstep of many Strood residents.

It was formerly farmland used for grazing, arable and market gardening and is now an area of open grasslands surrounded by scrub and trees. The Friends of Rede Common, a volunteer group, strive to maintain and protect this unique greenspace. We have a good working relationship with Medway Council who own and manage this 10 hectare site.

In the beginning, the Friends of Rede Common were just protesters, campaigning against building on the Common. They soon formed themselves into a steering group in 1998 to manage the land in partnership with the Medway Council.

The long-term aims of the Friends of Rede Common are:

  • to create a conservation area both for the peaceful recreation of the community and as a safe environment for a growing diversity of wildlife.
  • to preserve the land from further housing development, vandalism, fly-tipping and litter. To banish the riding of motorbikes on the land.
  • to publish educational resource material for the use by schools and other groups, and thus promote an active interest in the land by younger members of the community
  • to manage the land and keep it in a healthy condition – to work with the community and Medway Council in partnership to ensure that Rede Common continues to support as diverse a range of plants, birds, animals and insects as possible
  • to enhance the value of the land as a wildlife haven and to improve it’s wildlife population to such an extent that the Council are able to register it’s status as a Local Nature Reserve, and secure it’s safety for the foreseeable future.

We meet on the third Saturday of the month between 10:00am and midday.

Meeting place is the Thurston Drive entrance to the common. Simply walk up the slope onto the hard standing and you will see our storage container.

Tools are provided as well as some refreshments.

All ages welcome but children must have a responsible adult with them.

You do not have to be super fit or highly skilled as there is always someone to show you how to do things and we have trained leaders.

Come along and give us a try, we are a friendly bunch and have a really good time.

E-mail the group at (or just turn up)

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