How you can help with the woodlands

Historical hands on volunteering is available within Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne or CSI Sittingbourne.

Most wildlife and land conservation groups will be able offer on-site work parties, which could include bracken and rhodie-bashing, and tree-wardening as well as many other site specific management tasks.

Otherwise simply recording the things you see on a visit will help the management of the woodland. Some woodlands are under recorded.

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.

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.

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

We are the Woodland Trust - the UK's largest woodland conservation charity. We have over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites all over the UK. We're standing up for woods and trees. We protect and campaign on behalf of this country’s woods, plant more trees, and restore ancient woodland, for the benefit of wildlife and people. We want to see a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone. But we can't achieve our vision alone.

Welcome to the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will find masses of information and inspiration on this site, from top tips on where to enjoy the best displays of chalk grassland flowers to technical information on how to plant a hedge.

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

Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne 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.

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.