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The local common in Strood is commonly known as Sandy Banks originating from the underlying Thanet Beds, which give the area its sandy character. Covering an impressive eleven hectares, Rede Common Nature Reserve offers a wonderful expanse of open space right on the doorstep of many Strood residents.
Once a thriving farmland, this area was used for grazing, arable farming, and market gardening. Over time, it has evolved into a beautiful landscape of open grasslands encompassed by thickets of scrub and trees. Explore this natural gem and experience the tranquility of its open grasslands, where nature flourishes and wildlife thrives.
You can find Rede Common by entering any of the entrances on Thurston Drive, Columbine Close, Hyacinth Road or Carnation Road. There is no parking on site, therefore parking on the street is vital. The Friends of Rede Common are currently fundraising for disabled access on to the site.
Sandy Banks Walk
This circular walking trail was created by the friends of Rede Common to guide nature enthusiasts and newcomers through our precious nature reserve. Follow the yellow signposts around the nature reserve, overlooking the meadows.