Friends of Broomhill purchased the Old Orchard woodland in May 2018 with raised funds and match funding from Medway Council. Our aim is to incorporate the Old Orchard into a unified and extended Broomhill Park, that will be protected from development for all time. We maintain this woodland area to provide a habitat for wildlife and for the public to enjoy. 

The entrances to the Old Orchard woodland are clearly marked with signs and we have installed route markers indicating an accessible route (green) and a route with steep gradients that is more challenging (red) along with exit points. The map above shows these routes, which is also available on site by using the QR code on posts. Our work in the Old Orchard has really progressed and the main pathways are kept clear for access, although this is an ongoing task.  Please be aware that paths may be slippery at times and there may be trip hazards. The volunteer group meet every Thursday morning at 10am (in the car park.) We always appreciate and welcome more help so please join us if you can!  Find out more here.

Have a rest...

Our volunteers installed 7 benches in the Old Orchard. These were made using recycled wooden sleepers from Broomhill Park. We hope they will provide a welcome resting point to relax and observe the woodland habitat.

Planting new trees 

The benefits of planting trees are widely known and we are very pleased to be adding new additions to this area of Broomhill. Since January 2020 we have planted  over 80 new trees. These are a collection of native species especially for wildlife. It is such a vital addition to the Old Orchard, helping to maintain an important habitat and biodiversity. We also offer the facility to plant a tree in remembrance of a loved one. Please click here for details.