How should the Kent Downs be managed?
We are in the process of updating the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan; the document which guides how this nationally important landscape should be managed, conserved and enhanced for years to come.
The Kent Downs is a special and enchanting place; it is a landscape of drama and intimacy. The landscapes of the Kent Downs include special distinctive features including dramatic south facing scarps, dry chalk valleys and a network of tiny lanes isolated farmsteads, churches, castles, oasts and orchards, the dramatic white cliffs, ancient woodlands and delicate chalk grassland. The downs are particularly rich in wildlife and there are several species which are largely or wholly confined to the Kent Downs in Britain.
This wonderful, ancient and remote countryside lies close to London and is nearby several large centers of population, making the Kent Downs a much valued and much needed place. While only 93,000 people live in the AONB, well over a million live within a kilometre of the boundary therefore it’s important we get the update to the management plan right.
We’d greatly appreciate it if you could answer a few questions, which should take around ten minutes, to let us know how you view and use the Kent Downs AONB landscape and understand what you consider to be the main threats and opportunities for its future. We value your input and thank you for taking the time to help us.