Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this site is accurate. However, the publishers can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. This site contains a number of external links the inclusion of which does not signify any endorsement. The Kent Downs AONB Unit is not responsible for the contents of such sites, or any links contained within them.

Privacy Policy

The Kent Downs AONB  website does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when individuals provide such information on a voluntary basis by completing and sumbiting one of the forms available on our website. Personally identifiable information collected will only be used for the purpose the indended by the individual. For example, if an individual asks to receive copies of our Orchid Newspaper, personal information will be used only to ensure editions of the Newspaper are sent to the address details provided. Personal information will not be sold or provided to third parties unless we are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.


This site uses cookies which are small, anonymous information files stored on your computer. Some of the cookies set by our website are essential to provide you with certain functions you may need or want on the website. Other cookies may be set by third party services which we include in our website for your convenience. We are currently working towards disabling all cookies which are not essential for using our website unless you choose to accept them. Information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at AboutCookies.org. Please note that by disabling or deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our website.

Cookies set by this Website


This records the users current setting of the Text Resize function. It is used to remember the users text size preference throughout their current visit/session and is deleted at the end of the users visit or session. It adds extra functionality which improves the user experience of our website.


Thsi is set by the content management system we use to power our website, it records the last 5 pages a user has viewed. It is typically used to enable users to return to their previous page after receiving a form or error message and is deleted at the end of the users visit or session. It is essential for the correct funtioning of our website.


This records the time that the last page was loaded by a user. It is used in conjunction with the exp_last_visit cookie below and is deleted after 1 year. It adds extra functionality which improves the user experience of our website.


This records the date of the user’s last visit to the website. It is typically used conjunction with the exp_last_activity cookie as a statistic for registered members of the website and used by the forum module to show unread topics for both members and guests. It is deleted after 1 year. It adds extra functionality which improves the user experience of our website.

Cookies set by Third Party Websites

Some third party services we include in our website to improve your experience set their own third party cookies when you visit a page. These cookies are specific to the third party's domain, therefore the data held in them can be seen and managed by the third party and not by us. We control if and how we use the third party service on our website, and how it is presented. We do not have control over the cookies themselves.


We may use Twitter's "Tweet" plugin to help visitors share pages on our website. The plugin detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit our website and uses this information to present either a "Twitter Login" window or a "Tweet" window if you click the button. If you are not logged in to a Twitter account the plugin creates and uses the following cookies to provide this functionality: _twitter_sessdntktwll, and guest_id. If you are logged in to a Twitter account the plugin creates and uses the following cookies to provide this functionality: k, twll, secure_session, guest_id and auth_token_session.

In addition Twitter may set the following Google Analytics cookies on you computer: __utmv__utmz__utmc, __utmb, and __utma. These cookies contain unique but anonymous data which is used by Twitter to analyse the visits to pages with their "Tweet" button using the Google Analytics platform. These cookies last from the duration of the session up to 2 years after. We use the plugin as a convenience for our users and we use it on the basis that Twitter adheres to its Privacy Policy - see http://twitter.com/privacy for more information.

Google Maps

Our Interactive Map uses the third party Google Map service and is available to provide you with extra useful functionality on our website, on the basis that it is useful to you and that Google adheres to its privacy policy which can be found at http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en-GB/policies/ and its terms of service for Google Maps at http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/help/terms_maps.html. We have no control over the cookies set by Google.

Google Maps may set upto 7 cookies on your computer: SIDSAPISIDAPISIDSSIDHSIDNID, and PREF. They last between 6 months and 10 years. PREF stores your own options such as your preferred zoom level. The other cookies appear to include a mixture of unique, anonymous IDs to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users and the number of times a specific Google Map is used.