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The Milton Creek Country Park is an attractive new ‘green heart’ in Sittingbourne that links the town centre and the creek. Currently there is pedestrian access only at seven locations across the park. In the country park natural habitats attract a variety of wildlife; three ponds have been especially created for Great Crested Newts, wildflower meadows have been planted to attract bees, butterflies and many other insects. The Forestry Commission provided funding to plant just under seven hectares of trees which in years to come will create pleasant areas of shade, and support many more birds and insects. The Saxon Shore Way links Sittingbourne town centre to the country park. The path passes through a sequence of viewpoints, one at each of the historic wharves along the creek. Visitors can stop at the historic wharves and contemplate the history of the area. The remains of several barges can be seen in the creek, now an excellent habitat for wildlife but once they would have transported bricks, paper and London’s waste around the area. Artworks in the reed-bed also remind people of the area’s past. Milton Creek Country Park currently has pedestrian entrances in use at the following locations: Kemsley Recreation Ground, Grovehurst Road, Newman Drive (as it turns into Recreation Way) Walsby Drive (in the housing estate) Miller Close (in the housing estate) Green Porch Close (by Holy Trinity Church) Gas Road (by CPM – formerly Milton Pipes) Northern Relief Road. All seven entrances have ‘A-Frame’ gates in place, designed and installed following guidelines around accessibility for wheelchair users. The entrances at Gas Road and Green Porch Close also have a gate which can be unlocked by a Radar Key.
Easy access information
This park and open space has well surfaced routes suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs, and has no width restricting features, such as stiles or non RADAR kissing gates.