Welcome to Hambrook Marshes: a unique wildlife haven in the city of Canterbury

The beautiful landscape of Canterbury’s biggest green open space is a natural wildlife haven, home to thriving bird life and a wealth of plants and wildflower species. Open all year round, its tranquil riverside paths and wetlands are the perfect way to enjoy nature in the city.  

Visiting hambrook marshes

Hambrook Marshes is close to Canterbury city centre, easy to get to, and open at all times.

Full information for visitors, including where we are, travel options, facilities and accessibility.


about hambrook

Did you know that the land by the River Stour that is now Hambrook Marshes was once a 40 feet deep quarry?

Find out more about the history, and the plants, birds and wildlife that now thrive here.


get involved

Volunteers at work

If you love Hambrook Marshes there are plenty of ways to help out and keep in touch with what’s happening.

Discover more ways to get involved and stay up to date


WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN NOVEMBER

latest news

  • PARK AND RIDE PLANNING APPLICATION REVOKED
    As we reported on October 10th, Canterbury City Council has been forced to withdraw its own planning permission for a £3.6 million expansion of the Wincheap park and ride on to the water meadows opposite Hambrook Marshes. However, while it…
  • FALLEN TREE BECOMES NEW BUG HOTELS
    Perhaps the most significant event of the month was the arrival of tree surgeons on October 21st to clear away the windblown poplar on the old railway embankment, and to reduce the height of a second, unhealthy poplar to make it…
  • GUIDED WALK FOR EXTINCTION REBELLION
    On 17th October three Love Hambrook Marshes trustees gave about 15 members of Extinction Rebellion a tour of Hambrook Marshes. As you can see from the photo, this was made possible by everybody being extremely sensible about social distancing. They learnt a…
  • KENT’S PLAN BEE
    Kent County Council will be launching its action plan for pollinators online from 10.30 to 12.30 on Monday 16th November. The event is free, and all are invited to attend. To receive the link, please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kents-plan-bee-virtual-summit-2020-tickets-123471523651. Plan Bee is KCC’s attempt to…
  • OCTOBER WILDLIFE NOTES
    After the summer drought, weather of a different sort has been very much to the fore, with 173mm of rain. One inevitable result is that the fields are getting damper, with pools developing in some areas, and 70 mallard attracted in…
  • NEW PHOTO COMPETITION – AUTUMN ON HAMBROOK MARSHES
    Love Hambrook Marshes has started a new photo competition. Each quarter, we’ll be looking for the best seasonal photo of Hambrook Marshes. The first competition is open now, so we want lovely photos showing autumn on the marshes. Hambrook Marshes…
  • BREAKING NEWS: COUNCIL WITHDRAWS WINCHEAP PARK AND RIDE PLANS
    Canterbury City Coucil issued a statement on 9th October, announcing the withdrawal of their current plan for the extension of the Wincheap Park and Ride. “We have been informed by Highways England that their experts cannot sign off the design…

Find out what you might see if you visit Hambrook Marshes this month