Greening The Gateway - Capstone Valley
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Martin Hall
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Greening the Gateway Kent and Medway
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Innovation Centre Medway (Phase 2) Maidstone Road Chatham Kent ME5 9SD

Capstone Valley

Introduction

The vision for the Capstone - Bredhurst Green Cluster has been informed by local stakeholders and reflects the inherent character of local landscapes, as well as opportunities for connectivity, recreation and place making.

Background

The Capstone Valley is by far the largest of Medway’s distinctive dry chalk valleys and forms a ‘green wedge’ of countryside which extends from the Kent Downs right to the heart of the urban area. Great Lines City Park has a pivotal site in the heart of Medway - it is linked to Capstone Valley by landform and proximity and the two sites offer very different but complementary experiences; Great Lines is a formal metropolitan park and Capstone Valley is a rural enclave. Capstone Farm Country Park is the focus of activity in the centre of the Capstone Valley. It has a familiar, domestic character, with visitor centre, fishing pond, woods and fields, but is surrounded by a more open arable landscape set against a backdrop of steep, partially wooded valley slopes.

The Big Vision...

The Capstone Valley will complement Great Lines City Park and function as the gateway, linking urban Medway to the Kent Downs AONB.

A new off-road cycleway linking Luton to the North Downs Way will become a central spine in the Capstone - Bredhurst rights of way network, connecting to a hierarchy of smaller routes and gateways which in turn connect to the surrounding urban neighbourhoods. Improvements to the public realm in Luton, Hempstead, Wayfield and Lords Wood, will encourage local people to enjoy more active lifestyles and get out into the greenspaces on their doorstep. Capstone Farm Country Park will be known as a centre for sustainable farming, with ‘hands on’ conservation and farming projects, links to schools, training courses and a new children’s farm. This theme will continue through the Capstone Valley, across the M2 and into the northern fringes of the AONB, where landscape restoration and creative habitat management will create a more ‘natural’, diverse farmland, with grazed pastures, coppiced woodland, hedgerow planting and inter-connected chalk grassland and woodland habitats.

Click here for the Capstone Valley Cluster Study Brochure

Click here for the Capstone Valley Technical Report