For more information regarding access, activities, management etc please contact the following groups and organisations.

Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership

Part of a network of Countryside Management Partnerships throughout Kent; it is supported by Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council and Maidstone Borough Council and is accommodated by the AONB Unit.

Sally Evans

Mid Kent Downs Countryside Partnership Manager

Swale Borough Council

Swale Borough Council is bounded by Medway to the west, Canterbury to the east, Ashford to the south and Maidstone to the south west. Its council is based in Sittingbourne.


Main switchboard

Canterbury Archaeological Trust

CAT undertake excavations, research, publication and the presentation of the results of its work to the public. Excavated The Meads in 2008 and 2013.

Andrew Richardson

Outreach and Archives Manager

Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne

HRGS is a voluntary group dedicated to understanding our history and heritage and helping others to do the same. Based in The Forum in Sittingbourne, current exhibitions include the 2015 Rose Hill community dig.

Richard Emmett


CSI Sittingbourne

Set up to help conserve some of the 2500 archaeological objects recovered from 229 graves of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery site at The Meads. It is the one of the first times that public volunteers have been used to conserve archaeological objects.

Dana Goodburn-Brown

Professional Conservator

Kent Woodland Employment Scheme

KWES is a woodland management charity dedicated to providing meaningful, paid apprenticeships to people who find it difficult to get a job. We principally seek to recruit suitable candidates who are ex-offenders, ex-Services and young people who have little or no qualifications.

Friends of Perry Woods

There are plenty of jobs in Perry Wood that could be done by volunteers: from helping with heritage research to bracken and rhodie-bashing, tree-wardening or simply recording the things you see. You can also join the Friends of Perry wood from the new Perry Wood website.

Gorham and Admirals Wood

Gorham and Admiral Woodlands contain a huge variety of woodland types, from damp woodland on the floor of the valley, chalk woodland on its slopes and acid type woodland on higher ground in the parish of Bicknor. Volunteering.

Explore Kent

Explore Kent is a Kent County Council led partnership initiative that promotes and actively encourage Kent’s residents to access, enjoy and benefit from the great natural resources that Kent has to offer.

Hannah Peck

Explore Kent projects officer