Kentish Stour is just one of a group of Countryside Partnerships covering the whole of Kent and the London Borough of Bexley. While we all work in our own areas of Kent, we work jointly on certain projects. Listed below are all the Countryside Partnerships, with links to their websites.
‘We Work with individuals, community groups, schools, youth groups, landowners, local businesses and Parish Councils, aiming to ‘link the local community and the countryside, by raising awareness and encouraging action’.
Most of our activities are based in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within the Tunbridge Wells Borough.
‘We are a not-for profit organisation established in 2000, whose work is centred around the understanding, conservation and promotion of the estuary’s natural and historical environments. Our key objectives are to:
- Co-ordinate and promote sustainable management and use of the estuary
- Deliver projects that protect and enhance the estuary’s natural & historical environment
- Increase understanding of the estuary’s importance, through research, publications and activities
- Provide a neutral forum to facilitate open discussion around issues affecting the estuary’
‘Our non-profit organisation based in Maidstone is dedicated to environmental conservation in the boroughs of Maidstone and Tonbridge and Malling. We have 4 key aims to;
- Create, Sustain and Enhance Kent’s Landscape & Biodiversity
- Develop, Manage and Support community-based environmental initiatives
- Develop, and Promote life long outdoor learning
- Encourage and Enhance greater access in the outdoors and the corresponding health benefits.’
‘The Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership is a not-for-profit organisation that gives support and advice for countryside conservation projects in the central part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
We carry out a range of activities to further the conservation of the Mid Kent Downs area, its special features and its wildlife. To do this sustainably, we work mainly through communities, and directly with landowners, sourcing funding and encouraging learning.’
‘The North West Kent Countryside Partnership works throughout the boroughs of Bexley, Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham on a wide variety of community conservation projects. Our Partnership has four main strands of work:
- Landscape & Biodiversity
- Education & Learning
- Community-based Initiatives
- Health & Access’
‘The Romney Marsh Countryside Project was set up in June 1996, a sister project to the White Cliffs Countryside Project. The project aims to care for the special landscape and wildlife of the Romney Marsh and Dungeness. We aim to encourage people to enjoy and understand the countryside through guided walks, cycle rides, countryside events and children’s activities.’
‘The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership was set up to help conserve and enhance the special coast and countryside of Dover and Shepway districts, and make it accessible to all.
The coast and countryside of Dover and Shepway are world class for their wildlife and history. The white cliffs are world famous and for centuries have been the gateway to and from England.’
‘The Thanet Coast Project was set up in 2001 as a result of the workshops held with stakeholders to drive forward the priorities which people had identified. The main aim of TCP is to:
- Raise awareness of the important marine and bird life, and how to avoid damaging them
- Work with local people to safeguard coastal wildlife and implement the Management Scheme action
- Encourage and run wildlife related events and make links with wildlife, green tourism, coast-scape and the arts
- Be a focal point for inquiries and gathering information on coastal wildlife and environmental issues
- Keep everyone informed with progress through various means such as Facebook, Twitter, posters, newsletters and articles.’