Rochester Riverside Community Board and Medway Council unveil new signage at Baty’s Marsh

Baty’s Marsh Local Nature Reserve is one of the few remaining salt marshes in Rochester and exists today thanks to the generosity of Bob Baty who saved it from development. Located between Borstal Recreation Ground and the River Medway, the marshes serve as a vital habitat for local wildlife; home to a variety of coastal plants and as a feeding area for wetland birds.

Funded by the Rochester Riverside Community Board and Medway Council, the project has seen the old and faded entrance signs replaced with two new signs that welcome people to the site, explain the history of the nature reserve and provide a clear map for visitors, ensuring they can make the most of their time there.

These new signs are a collaborative effort between the Rochester Riverside Community Board, Medway Council’s Greenspace team and The Friends of Borstal Open Spaces. Medway boasts eight ‘Green Flag’ parks and prioritises the importance of greenspace in the local area, for mental health, physical exercise, and biodiversity, while The Friends of Borstal Open Spaces are a group of local residents who help to maintain, protect and enhance The Borstal Recreation Ground, Centenary Footpath and Baty’s Marsh.

The River Medway is a crucial part of Rochester and the wider community, and Rochester Riverside is committed to supporting this relationship. This is being achieved not only through projects such as the new signs at Baty’s Marsh, but also by delivering an enhanced 2.5km public river walkway around the development, which will open up a new section of the river to Medway residents for the very first time.

The Rochester Riverside Community Board was set up to ensure that the benefits of Rochester Riverside, Countryside and Hyde’s £419m regeneration scheme in Medway, are felt across the area, bringing to life worthwhile initiatives and ideas that enhance the local area with an annual budget of £30,000 available for selected community-led projects.

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Story posted: 18/06/2021

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