Issue 5 – 21 April 2021 – Spring has Sprung

Lambs to the Slaughter

Charlotte Mbali

“Spring Lamb” by EssjayNZ is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Kent Bylines – News from the Garden of England & Gateway to Europe

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Rewilded Kent

Rewilded Kent coal mine under threat

The fate of Betteshanger – the rewilded Kent coalmine – and all its wildlife hangs in the balance pending a planning application decision

Will blue daffodils soon be unaffordable?

Charlotte Lebon looks at why some plants may become unaffordable in British garden centres next year now that Brexit regulations have taken effect

Wildwood Spring Opening

After more than eight months of lockdown over the last year, Wildwood Trust has reopened its doors to visitors

Local government in Kent: the who, how and why

Local Government elections will take place on 6 May 2021. We explain the structure of local government in Kent.

Why some people who love dogs decide not to have one

How many people who decided on the spur of the moment to get a sweet puppy have considered the animal’s needs?

Save the oaks

750,000 young oak trees due for planting may be destroyed by nursery owners who blame delays in government help for woodland creation.

Are Whitstable oysters tanking?

What to do about the tonnes of Whitstable oysters still in the tanks after a ban on exports to the EU?

tearing nature out

Spring mourning

A poem, Spring Mourning by Mark Brophy


NHS reform part 2: connecting the parts together

Many patients don’t even know who their GP is, or if they have one. With NHS reform, what does this mean for the future of GPs?


UK Green Roof subsidy programme collapses in tatters

The UK’s Green Roof environmental subsidy programme collapses in tatters


A Calais demo on climate change

The Calais Region Citizens for the Climate are determined to make Macron honour his Climate Change promises.

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