Our non-profit organisation based in Maidstone is dedicated to environmental conservation in the boroughs of Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling. We have 4 key aims to;
Although the links on this website do not cover all the work we do, click on the pictures below and/or the links above to navigate to a specific project page for more information.
MVCP is part of a larger family of Kent Countryside Management Partnership's. The Annual Report for the Kent CMP's is now available and you can download it here:
Working with the Environment Agency, MVCP are host for important local Catchment Improvement Groups looking to improve and enhance the status of our local rivers.
Each year MVCP staff deliver a wide range of fun and informative outdoor events for all ages. We deliver public events and sessions for schools and clubs at a wide range of locations throughout the area.
MVCP lead on Invasive Plant control in the Medway Catchment. We annually treat thousands of Giant Hogweed plants as well as addressing Floating Pennywort, Water Fern, Himalayan balsam and riparian Japanese knotweed
MVCP support a large team of volunteers. We have an award winning Thursday Action Group (TAG), River Wardens volunteers and new Meadow Champions as part of the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project.
Working with Plantlife and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, MVCP are supporting local landowners to manage, restore and create important meadows. Working on a landscape scale, this project aims to increase public recognition of the value of meadows.
Each member of staff at MVCP works on different projects. To learn more about these different projects and a variety of conservation topics read the Countryside Officer Blogs
Chalk grassland is one of Kent’s most threatened habitats and the project aims to address this through the restoration and creation of chalk grassland and other down-land habitat in areas where it has existed historically and in areas which will ensure greater habitat connectivity. The project area covers almost 10,000 hectares and stretches from Kemsing Down to Detling Hill.
The OCND Project bid states that people have become ‘fragmented’ from their natural environment. The project aims to re-connect the local community to their Natural Heritage by involving them in the project through a range of activities from practical work, educational workshops, monitoring and survey work to attending events or joining a new walking group or led walk. The project will help the local community learn more about the Natural Heritage on their doorstep, give them the opportunity to learn new skills and to socialise and improve their health and wellbeing. Through raising the local community’s awareness and understanding of their Natural Heritage and instilling a sense of ownership we hope to help address the negative behaviours which can lead to misuse of the countryside.
As well as many specific projects, MVCP staff are involved in a number of wildife survey projects including Dormouse, Barn Owl and Elver surveying. Keep an eye on our news page for updates and click on individual Countryside Officer Blog pages for information on species, survey data and photographs.
In addition we help local landowners with practical and sympathetic land management. We will keep you up to date with our work at sites such as Dene Park, Fant Wildlife Site, Leybourne Lakes, Ditton Quarry and Haysden Country Park (to name but a few).
For the latest information about what our volunteers are helping us with, please follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter and keep an eye on the news pages of our website.
Flooding: Reduce the Risk
As winter continues to be wet and soggy, we are encouraging individuals and communities to think about potential flood risk.
Up-to-date alerts about flood warning on the Environment Agency website can be found at http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx you can also sign up to Flood Warnings Direct to receive text and call alerts about flooding warnings in your area.
Making sure you and your community are prepared for flooding if you live in at-risk area is essential; having a plan and being able to respond quickly can reduce the damage caused by flooding.
For practical advice on writing a flood plan for the community visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flood-plan-guidance-for-communities-and-groups
For practical advice on writing a personal flood plan visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-flood-plan
The Blue Directory provides independent information about products designed to protect your property. http://www.bluepages.org.uk/
If you would like to know where to get help and what to do during and after a flood event information can be found at:
If you are a riparian landowner you can find out more information about your rights and responsibilities as well as flood risk in the Environment Agency document Living on the edge –
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