Guidance, Management and Advice

A Lot of Work Goes on Behind the Scenes!

Protecting the landscape of the Kent Downs AONB is at the heart of everything we do! Protecting it now is important as well as for future generations!

The conservation and management of the AONB is undertaken by those who live and work within the area, local authorities, various organisations and community groups also play an important role. Much of the AONB is in private ownership so these land owners (large and small) have a vital role in helping to safeguard and maintain this special landscape.  It is a working landscape and this is critical to the shaping of this special place.

The Kent Downs AONB Unit also produces, and supports, a wealth of other guidance documents to help everyone who cares for and manages the AONB. The links below will get you started but if you need more info, feel free to get in touch!


Over 70% of the land in the AONB is farmed, be it arable production, livestock production, dairy, fruit production, energy crops, and alternative crops such as...

Land Use Advice

Whether you own a garden, a small piece of land or even a farm, the Kent Downs AONB has produced a series of guidance documents...


Introduction The Kent Downs character is formed out of the relationship of its towns, villages and individual buildings with the 13 different landscape character areas identified...

Management Plan

In a landscape as important as the Kent Downs it is important to plan for the future.The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 has...