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Encouraging kids to consider science

Take a tin of spaghetti, a box of bees and a smoothie-maker and what have you got? In one part of the south east, a recipe for a fascinating science lesson! A science fair, at the old Pfizer site in Sandwich, was put on to attract youngsters to the worlds of technology and maths.

David Johns donned his lab coat and went along to take a look. He spoke to scientist Robert Wybrow, engineer Victoria Roots, Kent County Councillor Mark Dance (Con), and Discovery Park MD Paul Barber.

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Gardens destroyed by floods

Homes were flooded, trains cancelled and ports closed. But the true cost of last week's tidal surge is only now being understood. Sandwich and Faversham bore the brunt in Kent. In Sussex, roads like the A23 were partially closed for a time and rail services disrupted.

But one property in Sandwich is counting the cost more than most. The secret gardens at Salutation house lie perilously close to the River Stour. It's estimated that £100,000 worth of damage has been done to historic ornamental gardens after they were flooded.

It's a devastating blow to the owners who've spent years restoring them as David Johns reports. He speaks to Head Gardener Steven Edney, and the Gardens' owner Dominic Parker.


Risk of coastal flooding remains in the South East

Parts of the South East have been hit by flooding overnight following a tidal surge. The Environment Agency is warning communities and businesses to remain vigilant as they are still at significant risk of coastal flooding this afternoon.

In Kent around 500 homes were evacuated in areas including Sandwich, Seasalter and Faversham. The port of Dover had to close in the early hours due to a partial power cut but is now open. Our reporter John Ryall spent the night in Sandwich.


Warning: Worst floods for 60 years could hit Kent

Parts of Kent could be hit by the worst floods seen in the county for 60 years overnight. That's the warning tonight from the Environment Agency.

The most severe warning possible - danger to life - has been issued for Sandwich near Deal. Gravesend, Medway and Seasalter are also at high risk of serious flooding. In all, between 1,500 and 2,000 coastal and riverside homes are said to be in danger.

A number of factors are combining to cause concern. High winds are coinciding with high spring tides causing a prolonged surge down the east coast and into the Channel.

The high risk times are just before 1 o'cock in the morning - the area most at risk is The Quay at Sandwich, where the Environment Agency says flood defences are likely to be breached. Sarah Saunders reports.

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