Parties for the Planet are fun, nature-themed outdoor birthday parties, run by the Kent Countryside Partnerships . At least 20% of the price of your party goes back into nature conservation projects in Kent.
Our parties take place in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Kent Country Parks. You can choose from a range of parties such as Den Building, Minibeasts, Natural Arts and Crafts, or Magical Elves and Fairies. Click here for more information about the locations of our parties and further details.
Utilising the holistic value of woodlands and green spaces for health and wellbeing, Forest School is an inspirational learning process. We also run bespoke school sessions, teacher workshops and Forest School based public events.
Click here for more information.
We are active in monitoring species and habitats in Kent. Our dedicated officers are able to carry out flora and fauna surveys. We use this expertise to plan and manage projects and provide advice, seeking to enrich the variety of habitats, species and landscapes in Kent.
Current survey work includes;
- Wildflower surveys
- ZSL Eel surveying and monitoring
- Dormice Surveys
- Barn owl surveys
- Invasive Non-Native Species surveys
To discuss a wildlife survey, please follow the link here to contact us to discuss.
This project aims to educate, raise awareness of and control several detrimental invasive non-native plant species across the Medway catchment.
Click here for more information on this project
We offer opportunities to volunteer to help conserve and improve habitats in Kent.
If you are interested in getting involved and you would like to find out more follow this link to discover our volunteering opportunities.
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership are one of the CMP teams in Kent who are restoring and creating ponds for Natural England as part of the District Level Licensing Scheme. Ponds are being restored and created across large areas to boost Great Crested Newt habitat and numbers. Find out more here.
We have compiled these resources to encourage families to use their time together to explore and immerse themselves in nature and learn about the wonders of wildlife, be it in the garden or a local green space.
Read on for guidance and to download our free activity sheets.
(Image © Susie @ BananaShed Photography)
Working with Maidstone Borough Council, Medway Valley Countryside Partnership (MVCP) are researching ways to tackle local litter, especially plastic pollution, in the rivers of the Medway catchment.
Many farmers have out-of-date or unwanted chemicals in storage and these chemicals can be costly and awkward to dispose of but having them in long term storage presents various risks. Chemicals may leach from containers and into the local environment and water courses, causing serious pollution and effecting local wildlife, habitats and the wider environment.
To avoid these potential scenarios, the Pesticide Amnesty was set up to offer the free collection of chemicals from working farm across the area.
Facilitated by Medway Valley Countryside Partnership and funded by a partnership between Southern Water, the Environment Agency, North Kent Marshes Internal Drainage Board and Kent County Council’s Flood and Water Management Team, 75 farms registered for the scheme and over 3,500 litres of chemical was collected and appropriately disposed of by the projects external chemical collection firm, ChemClear, in 2020. MVCP hope to repeat this successful partnership project in the future. Please watch this space.
An exciting project we are working in close partnership with to deliver primary school education and school grounds projects is Old Chalk New Downs. This landscape scale scheme is looking at habitat restoration of what has been called the UK's rainforest, or species rich, chalk downland. The UK has approximately 50% of the world's resource of this rare, precious and species rich habitat. The project will not only make habitat connections through practical restoration projects, but link with the wider community seeking to educate, inform and entertain. Click here to visit their website.
The Securing the Landscape Initiative was started via the Valley of Visions Landscape Partnership (VoV). VoV delivered landscape, habitat and heritage conservation improvement projects across the valley known as the Medway Gap between Rochester and Aylesford. Key to the success of VoV and a precursor to all other project targets was dealing with illegal access and anti-social activity in the area and this started the Securing the Landscape Initiative (SLT).
Now, the Securing the Landscape Toolkit is being collated by MVCP. The toolkit will be a ‘one stop shop’ for local landowners and residence, assisting you in easily finding information about certain crimes and, most importantly, in finding out how to report rural crime and what methods you can employ to potentially prevent the crimes from happening. The toolkit will focus on crimes which affect the landscape of the Old Chalk New Downs Project Area
The Securing the Landscape Toolkit is funded via the Heritage Fund and via the Old Chalk New Downs Project. The toolkit will be available in a digital format at the end of this year. Please watch this space for updates and future links and click here to find out more about the Old Chalk New Downs project.