Originally created to absorb accidental blasts and provide sound insulation, the woodland at Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park has evolved into a complex and valuable wildlife habitat. Together with a lake, marshland and open grassland, it provides habitats for a varied range of wildlife, and a calm green backdrop to the remains of the 19th and 20th century manufacturing buildings. Visitors can arrive at any time and at no charge follow the marked trails through the woodland and glades and past the millpond to discover the remains of the centuries-old gunpowder industry. The Visitor Centre is open to the public from 10.00am to 4.00pm on weekends and public holidays from mid March to mid November inclusive. Stewards, assisted by keen volunteers, will welcome you to the site and guide you round the displays of old photographs and models which with accompanying information will take you on a journey through the history of gunpowder manufacturing both local and national. The free car park is also open at these hours as well as on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. The Friends of Oare Gunpowder Works is a group of volunteers who undertake conservation work on the 2nd Sunday of every month, and are always looking for new members. Many local schools benefit from an environmental and cultural education programme which makes use of all aspects of the site including the classroom.
More information at www.gunpowderworks.co.uk or telephone 01795 417850 for Swale Borough Council.