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WELCOME TO OSPRINGE

Welcome to the Ospringe parish website. Ospringe valley runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the south of the historic market town of Faversham in rural Kent, south east England.

Our website offers you details and updates from the parish council, together with news and events from the parish, details of clubs and organisations within it, local history, local info and contact details for local government representatives.

SAVE OUR FOOTPATHS!

HISTORIC footpaths face being extinguished from the map if they have not been registered by a 2026 deadline.

Any pre-1949 rights of way in England and Wales which have not been claimed by that date can no longer be added to the official record and protected.

The walkers group Ramblers is calling on walkers, historians and map enthusiasts to help identify missing footpaths in our parish and beyond.

They have created a new mapping site to identify missing footpaths which divides the official map into 150,000 1km squares so that users can compare historic and current maps side by side, spot differences and submit missing paths.

Once mapped, Ramblers will recruits volunteers to make the necessary applications to local authorities get paths restored before the deadline.

The parish council is urging anyone who wants to help protect our footpaths to take part by following the link here.

Information on how to research and reclaim a right of way before the deadline can also be found here.

FLY TIPPING

The council is concerned about a rise in fly-tipping in the country lanes around the parish. We encourage parishioners to download the Country Eye mobile phone app, which allows the convenient instant reporting of fly-tipping to Swale Borough Council for action, including the precise location and photographs.

For information on how to download the app, click here or go to countryeye.co.uk

PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE HORSES!

Our parish is a rural one in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which welcomes walkers and visitors to enjoy the network of footpaths.

However it is also a working environment where people live and keep horses and livestock, and we kindly request that people refrain from feeding any of the horses or other animals that they meet on their travels.

We know you mean well, but some horses have been fed items which might seem harmless but which are unsuitable – or even dangerous.

Many farm animals and pets can also be unpredictable and dangerous, even when they appear friendly.

So please enjoy watching the animals but please keep away from them and do not feed them!

LETTER TO RESIDENTS

Ospringe Parish Council has published a letter to all residents urging them to be considerate with noise and bonfires in their gardens, particularly this summer when outdoor activity is more important than ever for mental and physical wellbeing.

The letter can be viewed, downloaded and printed out by clicking the link here

PLAYGROUND REOPENED

The playground at Painter's Forstal has now been reopened in line with the latest Covid-19 advice. The playground includes a new climbing frame put in place during lockdown. Please adhere to the following rules:

  1. Follow current social distance guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same.
  2. If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.
  3. Wash your hands and your children’s hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water in case your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.
  4. Follow and adhere to all current Government advice in addition to the above guidance.

We are also seeking volunteers to join a rota of washing down the equipment to disinfect it regularly. If you are willing to help keep the playground open by joining the rota, please contact the clerk by email here.

Please report any problems or concerns to Ospringe Parish Council.