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"To put the record straight, the owners of Kent Science Park have no wish to develop homes in the vicinity of the science park"

James Speck

Arty Alfie brings rural risk to life

THE winners of an art and photography competition to create works based on the countryside threatened by Kent Science Park's expansion plans have been announced.

The challenge was laid down by the Five Parishes Opposition Group, in partnership with the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Huge chunks of farmland south-east of Sittingbourne could make way for thousands of new homes, a new road between the A2 and M2 and an expanded science park.

Eight-year-old Alfie Rouy, from Rodmersham, won the junior section with his colourful painting and was presented with an impressive art set for his efforts.

Alfie Rouy from Rodmersham

Alfie Rouy aged eight being presented with one of his prizes by FPOG Chair Monique Bonney and Dr Hilary Newport Director of Kent CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England)


Winner of the adult category, Lesley Feakes, 64, from Lenham, said she was inspired to enter having grown up in the area.

Lesley Feakes from Lenham

Lesley Feakes with her winning entry along with FPOG Chair Monique Bonney and Dr Hilary Newport Director of Kent CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England)


She said: "It has always been somewhere I love. Iron Age graves were found there when I was 11 and that is what started my love of archaeology.

"It appalls me that a link road could go through there."

Miss Feakes was presented with a year's subscription to the campaign group and a number of the organisation's books, as well as a signed copy of Saved, a book about the fight to save Wye from a science park development.

The opposition group's Andy Hudson thanked the campaign group for its involvement and praised all those that entered. He said: "People really thought about the meaning of the contest and the entries reflected that."

Alfie brother George and sister Elsa

Alfie winner of the junior section along with brother George 13 and sister Elsa 8 showing their entries for the competition.

Lesley Feakes Entry

Adult Winner: A badgers set in Cromers Wood with the Kent Science Park in the background painted by Lesley feakes. You may also spot a couple of the ghosts from Cromers Wood if you look carefully.

Jak Winters Headstone entry

Thought provoking: Jak Winter's headstone design
forseeing the demise of the countryside.

Roger Sills Entry

Picturesque landscape:
A photograph by Roger Sills of woodland at Tunstall

E.R.Goldsmith Entry

Tranquil Woodland:
A wonderful entry by E.R. Goldsmith
from Bell Road Sittingbourne

Alfie Rouy's entry

Junior Winner: Eight year old Alfie Rouy's painting of the countryside
threatened by the expansion of the Kent Science Park.

Liz Trotts entry

Natural Space: The simple beauty of nature is shown in abundance with
this photograph by Liz Trott from Bapchild

Jane Stones Entry

Colourful creation: Jane Stone from Bapchild produced
this delightful picture.

B.R. Dolding Entry 

Country life: The clearing of Faversham Creek from the build up of silt
was entered by B.R. Dolding from Bapchild

Keith Jordan Entry

Beautiful: Keith Jordan of Rodmersham took this photo.



Campaign to Protect Rural England

Many thanks to the Kent Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England
who sponsored the main prizes for the competition.



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