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Get Involved


There are many ways to get involved in the Up on the Downs projects whether you are interested in walking, getting stuck in with practical work or heritage research.

As the scheme develops, details of walks and other events will appear in the 'Get Involved' section of the website.

Bringing Back the Landscape (practical)

All of our partners in this project welcome volunteers to help install fencing and remove scrub from sites as well as a range of other volunteering activities.  Visit the Bringing back the Landscape pages.

Find out more about volunteering on these sites:

Taking Stock (lookering)

An essential part of the success of any conservation grazing project are the volunteer lookers who work with staff to check on livestock.  It's a straightforward volunteer task that suits regular walkers and dog-walkers (with well controlled dogs of course).   Visit the Lookering page for more details.

To the Lighthouse (building assessment)

The National Trust are looking for volunteers to help assess and monitor the South Foreland Lighthouse.  Although the outside of the building is in a good state of repair the structure of the building is need of some TLC.  Volunteers will be given training in what to look for and the results of their work will be used to produce a Conservation Management Plan for the building.

To get involved contact Jon Barker at the National Trust on 01303 852463 or by e-mail


South Foreland Valley

South Foreland Valley contains nationally important World War II defences and there are opportunities to get involved in surveys, recording and protecting these features.  Oral histores from people who remember when the defences were in use are also being collected. 

To get involved contact Kirk Alexander at the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (WCCP) on 01304 241806 or by e-mail.  To find out more about what the project has discovered so far visit the WCCP website.


Let Them Speak for Themsleves

Canterbury Archaeological Trust are leading a project to record the condition of and conserve the 20th century military heritage in the Up on the Downs scheme area. For more information about enhancing hertiage see the Let Them Speak for Themselves page. For more information and to get involved contact Iona Dubieniec on 01304 872157 or by email  or Andrew Richardson on 01227 825276 or by e-mail.

Keep up to date

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