The Kent Downs Trust is a newly established charitable organisation created to support the work of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and its wide variety of partner organisations, such as community groups, Countryside Management Partnerships and Country Parks, to meet key charitable objectives whilst paying particular attention to demonstrably promoting equality, diversity and inclusion:
- To promote the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty, landscape, wildlife, cultural, scientific and historic value of the Kent Downs AONB and its setting for the benefit of the public.
- To advance education in and around the AONB, in the natural beauty, landscape, wildlife, cultural, scientific and historic value of the Kent Downs AONB and its setting, for the benefit of the public.
- To improve the health and wellbeing of people living in or visiting the Kent Downs AONB and its setting by promoting free access to nature for fresh air, exercise and visual amenity.
The Kent Downs Trust has three founding Trustees; the role of whom it is to lead a strategic approach to securing resources on the basis of the charitable objects. The Trustees will be supported (for instance in developing applications for funding, delivering projects, providing properly managed financial records etc.) by the Kent Downs AONB Unit and other partner organisations which may be beneficiaries.
As the Trust grows in success and confidence, the constitution allows for it to increase its size, structure and ambitions should it wish to – what happens will be for the Trustees to decide.