Volunteering can be a good way to keep fit, meet new people, get skills for work and of course do something valuable in or for the countryside. Many organsiations which work in the Kent Downs AONB to conserve and enhance the landscape rely on the assistance of volunteers. If you would like to help, there are opportunities to support our strategic and project work so please contact us. The Kent Countryside Management Partnerships operate across the Kent Downs and beyond.They offer many voluntary opportunities, including conservation projects, work placements, guided walks, litter and river wardens.
The range of activities is so wide that there'll be something for you. There are many benefits not just for the community and those you help but for you too. Whatever you choose, your volunteering will be appreciated and rewarding. Choosing to volunteer can also be a way to share an interest or learn how to do something new. Whatever the reason, volunteering brings its own rewards and satisfactions – like learning new life skills, increased social life, improving your local community and much, much more.
Kent Wildlife Trust has a series of wonderful sites across the Kent Downs where there are many opportunites to volunteer to help. For more information look at their website at http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteering
Plantlife - Ranscombe Farm is Plantlife’s largest nature reserve in England, with a total area of over 250 hectares (620 acres). Its rolling landscape includes arable farmland, large areas of ancient woodland and fragments of chalk grassland, and offers superb views across the surrounding countryside. The site has been known for hundreds of years as an important site for rare wildflowers. Volunteers are essential to the conservation work at the reserve. A midweek volunteer team meets every Wednesday, and they are always keen for new people to come along. Plantlife provide all the tools and instruction needed – you provide the enthusiasm and energy! For further information about volunteerting please see their website at http://www.plantlife.org.uk/nature_reserves/discover_ranscombe/get_involved/volunteering_at_ranscombe/
The Conservation Voluneers has many different ways to volunteer. See their website http://www.tcv.org.uk/volunteering for further information.
There are several Country Parks located in the Kent Downs AONB who all welcome volunteers to support a wide variety of activities from tree planting to assisting in the visitor centres. For further information see http://kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/countryside_and_coast/parks_and_open_spaces/park_activities/volunteering.aspx.
To find out more about volunteering opportunities with the Kent Countryside Management Partnerships visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/volunteering/countryside-volunteering/volunteer-with-a-countryside-management-partnership
The North Downs Way runs through the Kent Downs - there is a group of volunary wardens who assist with the management and maintenance of the trails. For more infomation see the Kent County Council website at http://nationaltrail.co.uk/northdowns/text.asp?PageId=44 .
Kent Public Rights of Way teams offer many voluntary opportunities to assist with the management of footpaths and bridleways http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/volunteering/countryside-volunteering/countryside-access-wardens