Kent Countryside Access Forum

The Kent Countryside Access Forum advises Kent County Council (KCC) and others on ways to improve public rights of way and green spaces in Kent.

It is made up of volunteers who aim to provide a balanced view of access issues and priorities affecting the local area or which might influence national policy.

Members represent:

  • users of local rights of way such as walkers, cyclists and horse riders
  • owners and occupiers of the land
  • conservation, tourism, and the rural economy interest groups.

Join the Kent Countryside Access Forum

To apply, please read the person specification (PDF, 11.6 KB) and complete an application form (PDF, 692.3 KB). There are no deadlines for applications.

We are currently looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers with the experience in land management (including access land and woodland management) and cycling.

Alternatively, you may also have experience in:

  • leisure and recreational activities including walking, horse riding, cycling, carriage driving and motor vehicle use of byways
  • farming or land management
  • nature conservation
  • history or archaeology
  • rural business
  • tourism
  • minority groups
  • access for disabled people.

Or for further information or an informal discussion about our volunteer opportunities, contact Graham Rusling 03000 417171 or email

Contact the Kent Countryside Access Forum

For general Kent Countryside Access Forum enquiries, email:

Current members

  • Jeremy Boxall – Chair
  • Anne Beecham – (Vice Chair) tourism representative
  • Richard Dickenson – (Vice Chair) vehicular user representative
  • Sarah Barker – parish council representative
  • Rachael Carley - cycling user representative
  • Perry Cole - KCC elected member
  • Amanda Corp - land management representative
  • Chris Jelly - dog walking/other interests representative
  • Mark Lawrence - health and wellbeing representative
  • Robert Peel - walking user representative
  • Anne Rillie – equestrian user representative
  • Charles Tassell - land management representative
  • Theresa Trussell - multi-user representative

Meetings and minutes

We aim to meet 4 times a year either in person or virtual online meetings.

2023 meetings

11 DecemberVirtual meetingMeeting minutes (PDF, 266.8 KB)

Agenda (PDF, 162.1 KB)
11 SeptemberWateringbury Village Hall 
147 Tonbridge Road
ME18 5NL
Meeting minutes (PDF, 176.6 KB)
Agenda (PDF, 88.1 KB)
12 JuneNatural England Office
9th Floor
International House
TN23 1HU 

and MS Teams 

Agenda (PDF, 131.6 KB)

Meeting minutes (PDF, 160.8 KB)

20 MarchVirtual meeting

Agenda (PDF, 158.8 KB)

Meeting minutes (PDF, 277.7 KB)

2022 meetings

5 DecemberVirtual meeting

Agenda (PDF, 118.4 KB)

Meeting minutes (PDF, 263.8 KB)

5 SeptemberVirtual meetingAgenda (PDF, 111.8 KB)

Meeting minutes (PDF, 214.2 KB)
6 June Site visit followed by Bethersden
Village Hall, Ashford
Agenda (PDF, 157.3 KB)

Meeting minutes (PDF, 221.4 KB)
7 MarchVirtual meeting

Agenda (PDF, 137.3 KB)

Meeting minutes (PDF, 184.5 KB)

2021 meetings