Whitehall Meadows & Bingley Island
This area dates back to the Domesday period. Today, it is one of few areas of riverside grassland that has not been treated with weedkillers or fertilisers, which means that a wide variety of species can thrive.
The meadows are characterised by damp-loving grassland plant species, and bats, snails, common reptiles, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are just some of the wildlife that have been seen in the meadows.
We manage the grassland by grazing Highland cattle which help to improve the range of plant species and in time, we hope to see the reappearance of species such as marsh orchid and ragged robin.
In Victorian times, Canterbury-born Thomas Sidney Cooper painted traditional southern English landscapes of cattle and sheep grazing on the north bank of the River Stour immediately upstream of Westgate Gardens, Canterbury. The paintings can be seen at the Beaney Museum, which is located above the library in Canterbury city centre.
Whitehall Meadows can be found west of Toddlers Cove play area, at the end of Westgate Gardens in Canterbury. Bingley Island is south of the Todlers Cove play area and is accessed through Tannery Field. To reach the car park, turn off St Dunstans Street into Linden Grove. Join Whitehall Road forking right to Whitehall Bridge Road. Parking can be found at the end of Whitehall Close.
Alternatively, walk through Tannery Field from the Rheims Way or use the Great Stour Way shared use pathway that passes through the site.