We believe that involving local communities in projects happening in their area is really important.
Our volunteers carry out practical conservation work on a regular basis all over our Partnership area, as well as helping with office-based projects. This gives people a chance to make a difference to the environment around them, and makes them feel more involved in their local area.
Click to find out more about volunteering opportunities with us.
Parish Councils and local communities often come to the KSCP for advice on projects, such as managing areas of land in community ownership, for recreation and education. Such areas can become wildlife areas or community green spaces. The KSCP advise and co-ordinate practical work where necessary.
Click to see how we worked with Hastingleigh Parish Council to restore their pond and village green.
KSCP have tool kits that can help local people make a difference in their communities. These kits contain a range of tools from bow saws to spades, as well as all the protective clothing needed to use the tools safely, and can be borrowed from local Countryside Management Partnerships, including KSCP. To borrow tools from us please click to download the Tool Hire Booking Form.
For any other inquiries about borrowing one of the new tool kits please contact us.
Partnership staff work with schools on projects such enhancing their school grounds for environmental education with things like ponds or wildlife areas, as well as providing education activities. We also get involved with youth centres, scouts and guides, and further education establishments.
Click to see more about our work with young people through the Westgate Parks project.
We currently run practical conservation sessions for mental health charity Take Off. We take small groups of people with mental health issues to tranquil rural locations to carry out simple conservation work.
We have run health walks and led cycling events with funding from Kent Sport.
The Westgate Parks project included events for the elderly and members from the Umbrella Centre - click for more information on the project.
Our art-based and creative projects often involve communities in the design process, and where possible we encourage local artists, sculptors and photographers to be involved in such projects. Click to see more about arts.
By getting people involved in countryside management and increasing awareness of local products, the Partnership is helping to revive the link between people and countryside. We have also produced a local produce guide, to help in sourcing local products - click to go to the guide.