An urban hub in Canterbury

The Abbot’s Mill Project aims to  develop an urban hub of sustainability and social justice, powered solely by non-centralised, renewable energy, principally through re-instating a water wheel into the old mill race on the site of the former Abbot’s (Denne’s) Mill, the seven-storey mill that once stood on St Radigund’s Street in the heart of Canterbury. Find out more or see below for our programme of events.

Be the Change Project

Be The Change is our new project aimed at children in the Canterbury area (aged 5-11). The group is run by the Abbot’s Mill Project to help children discover and develop their passion as young activists. The group is co-produced so the young people are supported to take the lead and shape the group. The project is kindly funded by the Brook Trust and Kent Community Foundation.

– A nurturing environment for young people to think about the world and what is important to them.

– A safe space for young people to say what they believe and be heard and valued.

– An encouraging and creative group which will empower young people to make a difference in their community and the wider world.

Be The Change is for children of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. We work together supportively to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard and their skills and interests are valued. We work from a place of compassion for the world and others. Therefore, we aim to do no harm within the group. This includes looking after the plants, animals and people around us, and not consuming any products within the group that may have caused harm to animals or people.

Be The Change is aimed at children aged 5-11, but we encourage parents/carers to get involved and understand that younger/older siblings may also want to join in.

Be The Change meets at the Abbot’s Mill Site on St Radigund’s Street, opposite The Millers Arms in Canterbury.

If you would like to get involved email Louise Allen or call 07882 182232.

See our Facebook group here.

We are recruiting for our new project ‘Be the Change’


We are looking for a dynamic, inclusive community activist to facilitate our new young activists’ club in Canterbury

You will be…

  • Someone who ‘walks the talk’ when it comes to sustainability, compassionate living and social justice.
  • Committed to inclusive, child-led learning and co-production.
  • A self-motivated person who thrives in environments where people work together equally and learn from each other.
  • A person who doesn’t think s/he has all the answers.

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Imbolc Mini Festival – 18th February – 11am-2pm


Come and join us for a warm little gathering to celebrate Imbolc and welcome back spring together.

Imbolc is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid’s (St. Brigid’s Day to Christians). Imbolc is one of the four Celtic Fire Festivals and celebrates the first signs of Spring.
This is the time when the sap is rising – we see the first sprouting of leaves, the sprouting of the Crocus flowers, snowdrops and other shoots and buds appearing 🙂

We will have hot chocolate around a campfire, music, wildlife trails, some foraging, woodland crafts and vegan food.

The festival will be on our site on St. Radigund’s Street, Canterbury (opposite the entrance to St. Peter’s Lane)

See our Facebook event here

More details to come soon 🙂

Mill stones added

You may have noticed our new additions: two mill stones that were retrieved from the River Stour close-by. Many thanks to David Edgar, formerly of Canterbury Environment Centre for letting us know about these.

Now to research from which mill they came…

If you have any information about this we would love to hear from you 🙂

Our next plan is to add some wooden seating next to the stones for people to sit back and enjoy the view.

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Volunteer Action Days

We are now holding monthly volunteer action days (or just mornings, depending on the time of year and what needs doing).

These are on the 1st Saturday of every month starting at 10am (until about 12noon in winter and longer in the summer months).

Come along (for as long as you are able) and make new friends, learn more about the aims of the project and have fun whilst helping us to keep the site tidy and continue to improve it for wildlife (including humans!)

Contact us, for more info and/or to be added to our Volunteer Action Team Facebook group 🙂

Late Summer Bat Walk and Talk – 26th Sep


Another of our extremely popular bat walks and talks with expert Jill Tardivel from Kent Bat Group.

Find out more about the habits and habitats of these fascinating creatures and, using a bat detector, get the chance to listen to some of our much loved flying mammals.

All ages welcome. Please bring warm and waterproof clothes just in case. Meet by the information board on our site on St. Radigund’s St., Canterbury at 7pm. The walk will end between 8-8.30pm depending on how excited people are about hearing the bats!

£5/adult, £2/child, under 5s free. Pay on the night or via our web page.

Celebration of Wood – Family Fun Day – 5th March 10am-4pm


Come and join us for our family-friendly celebration of wood on our site on St. Radigund’s Street, Canterbury.

Entry: £2 (under 11s free!)

Fun-packed day for all the family – includes:
• Live wood carving demo with Steve Andrews of Tribal Animal (Steve will be carving a piece of sycamore based on the winning entry from our design competition)
• Wildlife Quiz, Mini-bug Trail and Sound Safari with Alex Bolton
• Vegan curry workshop (10.30-11.30) and delicious snacks all day from Paul Babra (Canterbury Curry Club)
• Tasty cakes and snacks from Discovery Catering
• Make your own insect house with the Eco Shed

Cost of the vegan curry demo and taster workshop is £8/person. Proceeds to Abbot’s Mill Project 🙂

Email for more details and to book your place on the curry workshop.

See our event on Facebook.

Site Tidy Morning – Saturday 5th December

Come and get your hands dirty on Saturday!

As part of our habitat restoration programme we need to regularly manage the site. This Saturday, we will be focusing on re-woodchiping the path, tending the saplings that we have planted and adding a new, updated information board to our hand cart.
Do join us for a pre-Christmas hands-on experience.

You never know, the mince pies might even make an appearance!
Meet at the Information Board on St. Radigund’s Street.

Time: 10am – 1pm (or stay for as long as you can)

Wear sturdy boots, bring waterproofs, gardening gloves (if you have them) and a bottle of water.

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Site Tidy as part of our Habitat Restoration Programme


Saturday the 3rd of October 2015:

Come along and help us with our on-going habitat restoration programme to continue to improve the biodiversity of the site.  (Free event!)

We will be:

Clearing some of the brambles and ground ivy.
Tending the trees that we have planted.
Re-chipping the path.
Checking animal and insect feeders and houses.
Doing a litter pick.
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