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 discover its summer joys. So pack some water, don’t forget sun cream and come and explore!

A stark change from winter, the summer season offers an abundance of food and cover for a huge myriad of species. Summertime flowers provide the perfect opportunity to improve your butterfly and bee identification skills with a vast variety of species to be seen; such as the buff tailed bumblebee shown below.

If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of one of the parks reptiles basking in the summer warmth. Keep your eyes out for grass snakes and slow worms near wood piles or any other perfect places to soak up the sun.

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


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