Trustees required

We are seeking dynamic Trustees to join our dedicated Board, to take Kench Hill Charity into the next stage of growth. Are you passionate about the value of outdoor learning and the benefits of nature for health and well-being, especially for children and young people from areas of urban deprivation? Can you bring skills to sustainably develop this small, but thriving Centre? We are looking for individuals with particular experience in marketing, fundraising, property and business management.  Can be local or London-based. Meetings currently held quarterly at Kench Hill or in Hackney. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Country Adventures Short Breaks 2019 -Mini-holidays for special children & their families!

Register for our popular Country Adventures Short Breaks.  Aged 5+, particularly Autism. Siblings and carers welcome too. The final programme is chosen with the participants. Hackney families registered with Short Breaks can use Individual Budgets to fund the trips.  Support is given with transport to Kench Hill from London. From £50 per child inclusive of catering, accommodation and activities for 2 nights. Register your interest with us so we can let you know the next dates available.
Download Country-Adventures19Booking-form here or email [email protected]

Happy Birthday Kench Hill!

Kench Hill Centre has now been operating as a residential education facility with Hackney schools for 40 years!
We celebrated our birthday with staff from Benthal Primary School during their INSET Away day.

Collect and Connect to Nature with Coop Local Community Fund

We have been lucky to be supported by Brookfield (Ashford) Coop this year (2018). Over £5 000 has been raised for the benefit of local schools and groups, to provide subsidised day visits to Kench Hill using our minibus for transport. Local teachers told us that despite living in rural locations, children lack contact with the natural world, have poor eating habits and may lead a sedentary lifestyle. The project will raise awareness of our facility to local users and be sustainable in the future. A huge thank you to the Co-op and members for their support!

Wittersham CE Primary Reception class dig for worms

Schools Newsletter Spring 2019

View the latest news here:  Spring Newsletter/kench-hill-charity-updates-and-availability

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Our fun activities

millfields_largeWhatever the weather, a week at Kench Hill is packed with things to do and memorable experiences.  Bring the curriculum to life with engaging, practical lessons that stimulate real learning.  A country walk becomes a great adventure, while team games such as orienteering foster personal development.

Battle Abbey

Site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, monastic buildings, exhibition, gardens, WC’s, shop. April-October only.  Optional Discovery Tours – Monks and Marvels or Conquest Tales £100 per class (up to 30)

www.english-heritage.org.uk/education/discovery-visits/battle-abbey/ 40 minute drive.

Royal Military Canal, Appledore Village

military_canalAn easy walk, no steep hills, with views across Romney Marshes, a World War 2 pill-box to explore, and the story of the Canal, built as a defence against Napoleon’s army 200 years ago. The church has interesting tapestry telling the history of the village. An alternative Monday afternoon walk for the whole class, especially for any with mobility problems, or combine with Park Wood for a full day with a picnic at the Recreation ground.

Cost: FREE + minibus shuttle
More Info: www.royalmilitarycanal.com