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Countryside Management Partnerships

Countryside Management Partnerships play a vital role in the conservation and enhancement of the AONB. This role includes:

  • Provide advice and practical support to community initiatives to conserve landscape features and wildlife habitats.
  • Work with local communities and Public Rights of Way department to improve access and recreation across the Downs.
  • Encourage landowners to play a positive role in enhancing the Kent Downs AONB through the take up of schemes such as Countryside Stewardship.
  • Work in partnership with statutory and non-statutory bodies in the management of special habitats in the AONB, eg chalk grassland.
  • Give site visits, talks, presentations to groups to promote work of project and value of the AONB.
  • Produce publications to encourage exploration of the AONB.
  • Provide opportunities for people of all ages to get involved on a voluntary basis in the conservation and enhancement of the AONB.
  • The various Countryside Management Partnerships cover almost all of the Kent Downs AONB,