Horsted Valley

Horsted Valley is a mosaic of natural habitats ranging from rare chalk grasslands to ancient semi-natural woodland. Along with important landscape and ecological features it includes amenities such as football pitches, play areas and walking routes.

We are working on a project aiming to promote access through Horsted Valley by formalising walking and cycling routes, as well as interpretation trails, so that users can learn whilst exercising or enjoying the site.

This project also aims to encourage community involvement, grow existing and new partnerships, and increase the value of our natural capital.

Let's Talk Horsted Valley events

These are opportunities for local residents and other stakeholders such as local businesses, Kent Wildlife Trust, the Friends of Horsted Valley and Councillors to come together. At these events people can share ideas for potential enhancements to the Valley in terms of management, access, walking and cycling, wildlife and interpretation.

Our next public drop-in events are Saturday 21 September:

  • 10am to 12 noon at the Scout Hut, ME5 9UA
  • 2pm to 4pm at Fort Luton, ME4 5XL

Project progress

Work completed so far includes:

  • successfully leading bids to create a new pocket park within the Luton Millennium Green, in 2017. Over £40,000 was invested in creating an area of natural play, raised flower and vegetable beds, the planting of 30 orchard trees alongside new paths, fences and increased maintenance. Local volunteers have played an important role in keeping the site looking good.
  • improving Vale Drive and Barnfield play areas, in 2018
  • installing fencing to stop unauthorised motorbike access at the main entrance points

Work in progress includes:

  • improving our annual meadow cuts on chalk grasslands, to enhance the productivity for biodiversity
  • producing a walking route map, useful for exploring the valley. This will be available online soon

We plan to complete a footpath from Concord Avenue to Walderslade Road in 2020.