The Friends of Rochester Churchfields and Esplanade

The Friends of Rochester Churchfields and Esplanade (FoRCE) are a team of volunteers committed to preserving and enriching the green spaces and the scenic river walk along the Medway for the benefit of residents and visitors.


CommunityAd Exclusive - The Friends of Rochester Churchfields and EsplanadeSince our inception in 2020, we have spearheaded various initiatives. Our most ambitious project to date has been the transformation of three neglected raised beds opposite Rochester Castle into a captivating sensory garden. The revitalised space offers a plethora of sensory experiences through the planting of a diverse array of pollinator-friendly plants, herbs, bulbs, and shrubs, which generate a range of aromas, colours, textures and sounds to encourage and stimulate the senses. This project, in honour of the legacy of local law-abiding suffragist Vera Conway Gordon, is nearing completion and will be officially unveiled on Saturday, July 20th 2024 at midday.

We regularly host gardening and litter-picking mornings, as well as evening sessions during the summer months. Our volunteers span a wide age range, from 5 to 85 years old, and we warmly welcome anyone willing to lend a hand (children must be accompanied by an adult). No prior experience or booking is necessary, as we provide all the necessary tools and gloves. Just arrive wearing suitable attire whenever you are available.

We also organise occasional foreshore litter picks. Through an abundance of caution, these are only open to volunteers aged 16 or over.

To find out more about us and how to get involved, including all volunteer sessions, please take a look at our noticeboard by the pier or visit our website:

We hope you will join us in nurturing and enhancing our precious green spaces for the benefit of our community and future generations.

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