Greening the Gateway Kent and Medway
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Isle of Sheppey Cluster Study
The Isle of Sheppey has a distinctive character and culture. Its identity is shaped by separation, a sense of independence and abrupt contact with nature. People and economic activity are concentrated at the historic ports, towns and holiday villages along the east, north and west coasts, linked by a busy cross-island road and connected to the mainland by the new Sheppey Crossing. Even subtle variations in landform are prominent and the interplay of settlements, hills and marshes alludes to the fact that there were once a series of islands on Sheppey, each with views out to sea and across the marshes and each with its own heritage, stories and mindset. Between the hills and stretching across the south of the island, the Elmley Marshes are a tranquil wilderness and a draw for ornithologists, with internationally important nature reserves; here there are no roads, no overhead power lines and (virtually) no people.