Countryside Management Partnership

Countryside Management Partnerships help manage habitats and landscapes, and link communities to those areas. Their work includes:

  • helping communities conserve landscape features and wildlife habitats
  • managing special habitats in Kent, such as chalk grassland and lowland meadows
  • providing volunteering opportunities for people of all ages
  • working with landowners and local communities to raise funds for projects
  • working with local communities and Kent's public rights of way department to improve access and recreation
  • encouraging landowners to play a positive role in enhancing the Kent countryside
  • site visits, talks and presentations
  • working with schools and youth groups.

Contact your local partnership to see which services they offer.

  • Find your local CMP

  • Wildlife services

    Invasive species

    We can help control invasive species such as giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and floating pennywort. Invasive plants and wildlife can damage native wildlife, infrastructure, river banks, health and the economy.

    Your local partnership can:

    • advise how to treat or remove species specific invasive plants
    • raise awareness about the threat which non native species pose
    • advise on grants for landowners
    • improve overall biodiversity
    • help gather information about invasive species.

    Biological recording

    Biological recording provides information about what species are present on areas of land. The information is used to help people manage green spaces in a way which doesn't harm animals and plants already there. It also helps measure whether management is being successful.

    If you're a landowner, local or statutory authority we can help you monitor wildlife on your land. Ways we can help include:

    • water vole and otter surveys on waterways
    • surveys for management plans
    • farm environment plans
    • European protected species surveys
    • meeting statutory obligations such as NERC Act.
  • Community services

    If you want to improve a green space for people and wildlife in your area we can help. This may be through planning the project, putting it into action or just joining in.

    Volunteering

    Countryside Partnerships have a range of volunteering and work experience opportunities including practical conservation days, survey work and helping with environmental education including Forest Schools and volunteering at Oare Gunpowder Works Visitor Centre.

    Community groups

    We're happy to help all types of community groups from parish councils and allotment societies to charitable trusts and community woodlands. We can help you with:

    • practical work days and public events
    • fundraising and promotion
    • planning and project management
    • engaging new volunteers
    • site management, interpretation and education programs
    • governance and constitutions etc.

    Community tool kits

    If you want to:

    • plant a hedge on a local green 
    • help cut back vegetation from the churchyard 
    • create a school wildlife garden
    • install a gate
    • take on any other conservation task 

    All the tools you need are available from the tool kit (PDF, 8.1 KB)

    Read the health and safety information (PDF, 13.0 KB)

    You can get toolkits from:

    • White Cliffs CP (Dover)
    • Kentish Stour CP (Wye)
    • Kent High Weald Partnership (Goudhurst)
    • North West Kent CP (Dartford)
    • Medway Valley CP (Maidstone)
  • Improving access

    We can help communities and landowners maintain public rights of way and encourage access to the countryside through:

    • guided walks
    • improving access for disabled people
    • healthy living programmes
    • guided walk leaflets
    • signs and maps.

    Contact your local partnership for more information.

  • Site management

    Our site management services help manage wildlife areas. Services range from site visits to give advice through to a complete site management packages that include practical management and grant funding. We work on on school grounds, local authority green spaces, private land and sites owned by community groups.

    We can tailor our advice to meet your needs, whether that's maximising the wildlife potential of a site, improving access and interpretation or supporting volunteering.

    Our site management services include:

    • habitat management
    • helping communities access grant funding
    • management plans for landowners and managers looking for more structured advice about habitat management
    • meeting legal obligations such as surveys, reptile mitigation, Section 106 or Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) related projects.