About Us

The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership has been operating in the Dover and Folkestone and Hythe districts since 1989. We work with our partners, volunteers and local communities to protect and improve the local area for wildlife and people. Through a range of events and activities, our friendly and knowledgeable staff help people to learn about and connect with the natural world. With the help of over 300 volunteers, we manage 14 nature reserves (nearly 1,000 ha) across south-east Kent.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to protect and enhance the wild spaces of south-east Kent. This will be achieved by inspiring people to act for their local environment and the future of our planet.

We are working to achieve our purpose by delivering across four Focus Areas:

  • Managing wild spaces
  • Inspiring local communities
  • Reducing our climate impact
  • Managing the Partnership.

How we’re funded

As a not-for-profit organisation, most of our funding comes from partners, who fund us to manage nature reserves on their behalf. We also receive funding for the range of services provided by us, together with donations from supporters and members of the public and also grant income.

We are hosted by Dover District Council, which is our accountable body, and report regularly to our Steering Group, which is made up of our main funders.

Our partners include Affinity Water, Aylesham Parish Council, Dover District Council, Dover Town Council, EDF Energy, Eurotunnel, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Kent County Council, The Land Trust, Natural England, Network Rail and St Margaret’s Parish Council.


Countryside Management Partnerships

We are one of eight Countryside Partnerships operating in Kent. To find out more about the other Countryside Partnerships in Kent visit the Kent Countryside Partnerships website.

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