About the Centre


The building and grounds of Singleton Environment Centre are owned by Ashford Borough Council. They are leased by Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council. The Centre, and the community and education activities within it, are operated by Singleton Spaces. The Parish Council has also made a financial contribution to a number of different community and education projects at the Centre.

Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council

Singleton Spaces at Singleton Environment Centre

Singleton Spaces is an independent trust with a board of volunteers from the local community.

The objects of Singleton Spaces

The objects of the charity to be carried out in Singleton and the neighbouring communities of Washford Farm, Brisley Farm, Stanhope, Chilmington Green and Great Chart (‘the Area of Benefit’) are:

1)  The preservation, protection and improvement of the natural environment for the public benefit, in particular but not exclusively by promoting and supporting the creation and maintenance of green spaces within the area of benefit.

2)  Advancing education for the public benefit in conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.

Singleton Spaces. Registered charity number 1180577

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A great venue

We offer a truly different venue for events nestling in tranquil landscaped grounds with its own terrace and pond.
The whole Centre or an individual room is available for hire.

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A special building

We are proud about the signficance of our building and the grounds which are maintained with environmental sensitivity.

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Singleton Environment Centre has a tenant called Kumon, the English and Maths tutoring service.

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John Alexander

Centre information

John Alexander is the Centre Manager and can be contacted through the means given below in the footer.

  • Free Car Parking is provided on site for visitors to the centre and the area is covered by CCTV. There is also cycle parking facilities in the car park area.
  • Dogs are welcome to join you on your visit but we would request that they are kept on a lead whilst in the grounds. Dogs (except assistance dogs) are not allowed in the centre building.
  • Wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters can easily access all parts of the building.
  • Food & drink is available from our cafe – Footprints Cafe Bistro. You may bring your own refreshments or picnic to enjoy in the grounds or woodland, but please note that tables and seating on the terrace and all indoor seating are provided for the use of customers of the cafe.
  • Smoking points can be found along the terrace. Please extinguish and dispose of cigarettes only at these points to help us protect our grounds and keep the area pleasant for other visitors. Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted in the Singleton Environment Centre buildings.
  • Balloons and confetti cannons are not permitted at Singleton Environment Centre. However, there are ten eco-friendly alternatives…
    “Helium balloons are a lot of fun, whether they’re bobbing on the end of a piece of string tied to a child’s wrist, or turning people’s voices squeaky at a grown-up party.
    But balloons can be harmful to the environment and helium is a very, very limited resource – and we can’t make more of it.
    If you’re concerned about protecting the environment, helium balloons are a definite no-no. In this article we’ll take a look at why, and list some of the environmentally friendly alternatives to balloon release and helium balloon decorations for your next party.”
    Read more from “Forge Recycling” https://www.forgerecycling.co.uk/blog/10-eco-friendly-balloon-alternatives/

* You are welcome to park in the centre car park if visiting Ashford Community Woodland Local Nature Reserve, but please note the closing times and ensure you have returned to your vehicle in plenty of time.  The car park is locked outside of opening hours.

How to find us

Singleton Environment Centre is just 3 miles from Ashford town centre, international train station and the M20 motorway.
The home page includes a road map which links to Google maps.
Alternatively, download these directions: SEC How to find us (PDF)

Ashford and Tenterden Tourism

Singleton Spaces is a member of Ashford and Tenterden Tourism Association (ATTA) and we suggest looking at
The Ashford Tourist Information Service

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