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The history of Broomhill
Broomhill is part of the North Downs ridge of Chalk that
finishes on the Hoo Peninsular and was formed in the Cretaceous
period. If you are lucky you may find prehistoric fossils,
especially oyster shells, washed up by the sea that used to cover
Chalk was quarried at Broomhill from Roman times until the last
quarry was closed in the middle of the 20th century. There were
also several limekilns on the site from the Middle Ages, which were
still in use in the 19th century.
Evidence has been found at Piper's House Farm that Ancient
Britons when under attack used the chalk pits as refuges.
An Anglo-Saxon grave was found on the site, which contained a
spearhead, knife and bronze ring set with an amethyst, which can be
seen in the Guildhall Museum.
Broomhill: Strood's green lung
Broomhill Park is a much-valued open space in Strood, combining
recreational opportunities with panoramic views of much of Medway,
the rivers Medway and Thames.
Although a green oasis for users and wildlife, the two
public rights of way that cross the site means that
Broomhill has a role to play in promoting sustainable movement
of people across Medway. The combination of access linkage,
landscape and recreation resulted in the park being designed as
open space to be protected within Medway's Local Plan.
Major investment took place on site in 2010 including:
- a new play area;
- the installation and opening of Interpretation Panels.
To find out more about Broomhill and future management download
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Friends of Broomhill
''Broomhill Park will provide a
vibrant community focal point functioning as a "green oasis" within
Strood, emphasising the views of the surrounding countryside and
giving consideration to biodiversity within the park'
The Friends of Broomhill were inaugurated in 2006 and are
actively involved in promoting knowledge of Broomhill Park, working
to keep the park a welcoming area for everyone and raise money to
fulfil these aims. A recent application made to Big Lottery Fund
Changing Spaces (made by the Friends of Broomhill, together with
Medway Council's Playbuilder Grant) led to investments in play and
site interpretation of stunning views from the park. For further
information on the Friends of Broomhill visit their website
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