Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Heritage Site and Nature Reserve

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Visitor Centre


Oare Gunpowder Works is a fantastic place to relax, enjoy wildlife and discover history. You can join in with volunteering, book education sessions or events or simply wander and take in the fascinating surroundings. There is an almost eerie tranquility as one walks past the series of old gunpowder buildings and canals to the sound of singing birds and trickling water.   This is a place with many stories to tell, latterly one of a 'return to nature' and a place of learning.


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The Oare Gunpowder Works were described in 1774 by Edward Jacob as follows –

... Not far from these royal powder mills [i.e. Home Works], upon the Ore stream, there are gun powder works in private hands, which make considerable quantities thereof, for the use of the East India Company, and other merchants. These mills likewise are enlarging & improving every day, more particularly in the act of drying the gun-powder, which is then effected by the means of a constant stream of hot water, conveyed under the copper frame whereon it is placed to dry. This new contrivance is said to answer the purpose exceedingly well ...


Nature notes

Lying just outside of Faversham town centre Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park is a hidden gem waiting for you to explore. Autumn is a time of plenty with an abundance of fruits, berries, nuts and seeds. Over the next few months we will see the wonderful changes of autumn. The Park will be a spectacle of colour as the leaves begin to fall, the woods will be full of bird song from our wintering visitors and animals are getting ready to hunker down for the cold of winter, filling their bellies with the feast of the forest. 

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park is made up of a combination of different habitats which is what makes this site so spectacular for wildlife. From fire crests darting through the canopy to weasels stalking through the undergrowth, autumn offers a variety of life to be on the lookout for.

Each month we will display pictures sent in by you of the amazing wildlife you have seen at the park. 

For a chance to display your work send your wildlife photos and your name via the 'contact us' page. 

This month's picture is of our resident kingfisher captured by Trina Armitage! 




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