Welcome to the Friends of Kett's Heights
See full details on our Future Events page
Guided tours run by the Friends of Kett's Heights have finished for this year but will return in April 2020. However, don't despair! City Guide, Paul Dickson, runs excellent guided tours starting at the Maid’s Head and exploring the Cathedral Close and other nearby sites relating to Kett’s Rebellion, before climbing up to Kett’s Heights to enjoy the panoramic view. The tour ends back at the Maid’s Head with tea.
For full information visit:-
We have put together a Family Trail which you can print out and use to keep your children informed & entertained when you visit Kett's Heights. You can download it here:
KH Management Plan
Our Plans for the future, spanning the next 10 years, are outlined in KH Management Plan Proposals (see download file).
Want to help?
The next practical working sessions will be on the following Wednesdays
10am - 1.00pm:-
All welcome to come along and help for as long as you want. Tools provided.
It's not all doom & gloom. Some of the best sunsets of the year can be seen from Kett's Heights, so why not take your camera up there and record the experience. Best time is half an hour before sunset to half an hour after.
Watch the sun disappearing behind the castle and then see the sky turn red. Naturally, it has to be a sunny evening! See more in Gallery page
How can YOU join?
It's easy to join Friends of Kett's Heights. Just click on the green button above to learn more about the
benefits and then sign up. Only £5 per year for household membership.
We realise that not everyone wants to commit to membership so we've made it simple to make a one-off donation using your credit or debit card. Just click on the red 'donate now' button to be taken to our secure 'Donation' page. You'll be helping make Kett's Heights beautiful once again. Minimum donation £3. Thanks!
Friends of Kett’s Heights has been accorded charitable status by HMRC, so subscriptions and donations can now be Gift Aided. Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra. If you are a UK taxpayer and you’d like to Gift Aid your membership fee and/or donation, please fill in the Gift Aid section when you complete the membership or donation forms.
Find out more about Kett's Heights' charitable status HERE
How many churches can you count?
Now available to download - map, A4 leaflet & mobile phone guide to the many medieval churches that can been seen from the view-point on Kett's Heights!
Visit our Downloads page to see all available files.
Note: The 2018 accounts' summary & the 2018 annual review are available for download in the 'members only' area
Members:- If you have forgotten the password to the members' area please let us know via the form on our Contacts page and we will send you a reminder. Thanks.
See what we've been up to lately by visiting our Recent Activity Page.
Read our November Newsletter here
Successful grant bid
As many residents will be aware the gas holders on Gas Hill have been undergoing demolition over the past year. That work is nearing completion but from the outset National Grid made it clear that they wanted to work with the community to minimise disruption and provide reassurances regarding safety. As a community based group we learned that National Grid also made grants available in areas where their work took place and we were encouraged to apply. This seemed like a good opportunity, and we put together a bid for £5000 to cover the cost of tree work at Kett’s Heights. This work will focus on trees that are causing structural damage to the Victorian terrace walls at many points across the site. In addition we have also identified a small number of trees that are reducing the panoramic visibility at the view-point. The majority of trees that are to be cut down are Sycamore and dead or dying Elm.
The herb garden within the walls of St Michael’s Chapel/19th century greenhouses is looking really lovely thanks to Jane and Kath. David is also creating an attractive seat as a means of using up all the loose bricks that are lying around. Otherwise they tend to be used as missiles by energetic youths.
A brave baby hedgehog foraging on the upper green (Fri. 11th Oct)
The last guided tour of 2019 was, I'm afraid, a total wash-out! The only people mad enough to turn out were Paddy, Vanessa & myself (Mike) who were tour leaders etc. We waited to ensure that nobody would arrive by 2.30 and then dashed home at 2.31! Next scheduled tour will be the first Sunday in April 2020 but if you are member of a group that would like a tour before then please get in touch via our contact page.
HODS (Heritage Open Days)
All three HODS days have been very well attended with around 40 people on each day. The weather has been very kind too with the rain holding off for the last HODS day on Sunday 22nd. Thanks to all those who came, we hope you enjoyed it!
Birds & Butterflies - One of our members recently conducted a survey of the birds & butterflies to be seen in Kett's Heights. See the results here.