Services for Communities
At KSCP we really believe that involving local communities in projects happening in their area is important, partly because these are the people who will make use of and benefit from improvements, and also because creating a sense of involvement or ownership over an area is vital in its success.
Our volunteers carry out practical conservation work on a regular basis all over our partnership area, as well as helping with office based projects. This can give people a chance to be physically involved in projects in their local area, and can be a very satisfying achievement.
Find out more about volunteering opportunities with us here.
Parish Councils and other community groups.
Local communities often come to the KSCP for advice on projects, such as managing areas of land in community ownership, for recreation and education. Such areas can become sensory gardens, wildlife areas or community green spaces. The KSCP advise and co-ordinate practical work where necessary.
Borrowing Tools from Us
Toolkits for Communities
KSCP have tool kits that can help local people make a difference in their communities. These tool kits contain a range of tools from bow saws to spades, as well as all the protective clothing needed to use the tools safely, and can be loaned from local Countryside Management Partnerships, including KSCP. To borrow tools from us please download the form below and send it to us.
Tool Hire Booking Form
For any other inquiries about borrowing one of the new tool kits contact us.
Partnership staff work with schools on projects such enhancing their school grounds for environmental education with things like ponds or wildlife areas, as well as providing education events. We also get involved with youth centres, scouts and guides, and further education establishments.
Relevant KSCP project:
Physic Garden, Westgate Parks
Health and Wellbeing
We currently run practical conservation sessions for mental health charity Take Off. We take small groups of people with mental health issues to tranquil rural locations to carry out simple conservation work.
We have run health walks and led cycling events with funding from Kent Sport.
The Westgate Parks project included events for the elderly and members from the Umbrella Centre
Public art and interpretation
Our art based and creative projects often involve communities in the design process and where possible we encourage local artists, sculptors and photographers to be involved in such projects.
Relevant KSCP project:
Westgate Parks Interpretation
By getting people involved in countryside management and increasing awareness of local products, the Partnership is helping to revive the link between people and countryside. We have also produced a local produce guide, to help in sourcing local products, which can be found here.