News and Notices



Recent Updates on other pages:

08/05/21  AGM – Agenda.

08/05/21  AGM – 2020/21 Annual Report.

04/05/21  Planning Applications.

16/04/21  Events.

02/04/21  Newsletter.

02/04/21  Planning applications.

01/04/21  Awards.



Our first talk presented via ZOOM on 9th February was a great success. We had hoped that we would have about 40 participants but the final number was 68 and as many of those screens were being watched by more than one person, the total number of members ‘present’ was between 80-90. Our talks programme will now continue via Zoom. Please see the Talks page for details.

Added 15th February, 2021


What we Do – A Letter to Civic Voice:

HCS projects for Civic Voice

Added 2nd September, 2020.


Eaton Lands Bumblebee Project:

Starting in late 2018, HCS volunteers have been working with Hythe Town Council, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the allotment society on a project to regenerate the wildflower meadow.  A joint survey of the wildflower meadow by HCS and the Bumblebee Trust identified 18 species (58 species had been sown originally).  It was decided to sow a further quantity of 17 species favourable to bumblebees, including yellow rattle which helps to restrict the growth of the meadow grass.  In addition, bee hotels were to be provided to encourage those varieties which nest above ground.  This work is now deferred indefinitely by the Covid 19 pandemic restrictions.

Added 27th June, 2020.


Eaton Lands Community Orchard:

This is a joint project with the Hythe Community Environmental Group.  Having spent some 2 years clearing the very overgrown site and with the permission of the Trustees (Hythe Town Council) we successfully obtained funding of £935 through the District Council’s Member Ward Budget Grant Scheme, courtesy of the Town Mayor, Doug Wade, and a further £2000 from the Kent Community Energy fund.  Planting of 11 different variety of Kentish apple, 3 pear and 2 plum trees, all 2 year half standards, took place on 1st February 2020, with 20 local resident volunteers.  This was then to be followed by the planting of a low wildlife friendly hedgerow along the 2 open sides.  Unfortunately, although delivered very shortly before lockdown, the planting had to be suspended and they are now heeled in in a member’s garden until the late autumn.  In the meantime a weekly volunteer watering rota has been set up but we would welcome more volunteers to see us through until the autumn.

Anyone interested in volunteering  please contact Alan Joyce at or telephone 01303 267085.

In addition to the hedgerow planting we will also be planting a few morello cherry and damson saplings.

We are working with Brockhill School to design and produce interpretation and information boards for educational purposes although COVID 19 has somewhat delayed any progress.

If anyone has any general enquiries or suggestions please contact Alan Joyce (see above).

Added 24th May, 2020.


Hythe Triangle Community Garden:

A public meeting was held on Saturday 15th February in the Salvation Army Hall.  Four HCS committee members attended, there were two local councillors present and about 34 local residents also present.   Ashley Tanton and Andy Maguire welcomed all and set the scene.  They emphasised that local residents’ further help was now needed, including with the fund-raising effort, if the project’s aims are to be achieved.  They warmly acknowledged and welcomed the support of the Civic Society. 

Attendees were asked to indicate their willingness to support one or more of joining a formalised Friends Group, becoming a Trustee, participating in activity days and publicity, joining a fundraising group and joining an ideas group.  There were many questions as  to the form a community garden would take, with differing sets of views about this though gravitating to a managed semi-wild garden.

Tidy-up sessions were conducted on the site on 21st February and 1st March with practical support from FHDC.  

A meeting on site was planned but has been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Amended 21st March 2020.


St.Leonard’s Churchyard:

Volunteers to help keep the churchyard looking trim are always welcome.  If you would like to join our working parties or to help in any other way, please contact us or telephone Sally Chesters on 01303 266118.