Breakfast in the orchard
Otford Mount
Community walks

Rural Advice Service Report

Kent Downs Rural Advice Service (KDRAS)  Report of the pilot project 2005-2007

The report “Evaluation of the Kent Downs Rural Advice Service” shows the benefits of focusing the skills of advisers in planning, business support and environmental issues on farmers’ immediate needs. The evaluation in this report relates the successes and opportunities, blocks and any problems experienced in achieving the aims and objectives of the project. The lessons learned from this pilot will help inform the development of best practice and a model which could be applied County wide and elsewhere.  Chris Older, who was the Kent County Chairman of the  National Farmers Union at the time said “This is just the kind of approach that is needed to stand in the gap between regulators, decision makers and landholders, and I give my unreserved support for the future of a Kent-wide Rural Advice Service.”

Further Information

KDRAS Report - Executive_Summary
Evaluation_Report
KDRAS Report - Appendices