What we do

OUR AIMS

  • Create, Sustain and Enhance Kent’s Landscape & its wildlife
  • Develop, Manage and Support community-based environmental initiatives
  • Develop, and Promote life long outdoor learning
  • Encourage and Enhance greater access in the outdoors and the corresponding health benefits.

Since 1988 we have delivering these aims through many practical conservation projects throughout the Medway catchment and in the boroughs of Maidstone and Tonbridge & Malling.

OUR PROJECTS

We currently have 14 active conservation projects that are being delivered, including;

  • Managing traditional orchards in Yalding
  • Delivering natural flood management schemes
  • Controlling invasive species catchment wide
  • Working as part of the national meadow restoration scheme – Save our Magnificent Meadows.

We work with many partners in the public, private and third sectors. We offer opportunities to volunteer, train and learn, see our activities page for more details. To find out more visit the Our Projects page

WORKING WITH US

We carry out a huge range of projects, activities, events and community engagement. We work with communities and local authorities, directly with landowners, schools, colleges and myriad specialist conservation groups in Kent. We are able develop and deliver project opportunities in a number of ways.

Project ideas

We help define and develop project ideas, aiding group development, site management planning, sourcing grants and lending practical support.

Sourcing external funding

We are active in seeking external funding for most of the work that we undertake, and help communities and volunteers to find grant money as and when they need it. We are happy to advise and work in partnership with other like minded organisations.

Providing opportunities for wildlife Enabling and carrying out conservation management, restoration and replacement of key habitats, including chalk grassland, ancient woodland, hedgerows, ponds and verges.

Conserving character

Enabling work to conserve traditional landscape features that comprise the Mid Kent Downs landscape, such as hedgerows, traditional orchards, ponds, copses and shaws. See the Kent Downs Landscape Design Guide for more details.

Working at key sites

Our key sites include ‘designated sites’ such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), or often those which attract a lot of visitor interest or are owned by a public body. Examples include Boxley Warren SSSI, Cherry Downs in Lenham (owned by Lenham Parish Council) and Perry Wood in Selling (owned by Swale Borough Council).

Developing landscape-scale projects

Major projects that have worked right across the Mid Kent Downs landscape have been: The Mid Kent Downs Orchards Project Landscape Enhancement Grants, and Landowner Partnership Projects Vital Links We also participate in and aid development of projects spanning the whole of the Kent Downs AONB and sometimes across Kent, in cooperation with other Countryside Management Projects, such as Interreg IVa and the Kent Free Tree Scheme

Interpretation and education

As community support and volunteer work are so key to conserving the Mid Kent Downs landscape, we do whatever we can to inspire interest in and understanding of countryside issues. We do this by use of promotional newsletters, leaflets, interpretation panels, woodcarved sculpture, guided walks, school events and even outdoor theatre! Oh, and website information…

Encouraging access

We work alongside the KCC Public Rights of Way team to encourage access to the countryside. Often access is promoted in interpretive material, such as leaflets and panels, as above.

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