We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to support Guardians of the Deep, a three year project that aims to engage local communities, businesses and visitors by raising awareness of Kent’s important marine habitats and promoting an active and on-going guardianship role to protect them......
The partnership currently consists of the following organisations:
Elmley National Nature Reserve – An independent nature reserve and working family farm, where farming and conservation go hand in hand.
Environment Agency – An executive non-departmental public body, working to create better places for people and wildlife and support sustainable development.
Faversham Creek Trust – An independent, non-political, not-for-profit community enterprise, whose aim is to restore Faversham Creek as a working waterway.
Kent County Council – Governs most of the county, under which are 12 district councils and around 300 town and parish councils.
Kent & Essex IFCA – Established to sustainably manage local inshore fisheries resources and protect its diverse marine environment.
Kent Police Search & Marine Unit – Focusing on counter-terrorism, the protection of critical waterside sites and tackling serious organised crime.
Kent Wildfowling & Conservation Association – Britain’s largest wildfowling club, owning and managing over 13,000 acres of land in the south and east of the country.
Medway Council – A unitary authority created in 1998, replacing Rochester-upon-Medway City Council and Gillingham Borough Council. It manages Riverside Country Park situated alongside the estuary at Lower Rainham.
Medway & Swale Boating Association – With over 4,000 members, the association was established to ‘To promote and protect boating on the tidal Medway and Swale’.
Natural England – An executive non-departmental public body, which advises the government on protecting England’s natural environment.
Peel Ports London Medway – The statutory harbour authority for the Medway and Swale.
Rochester Oyster & Floating Fishery – A working guild of free fishermen, that can trace its origins back to 1446, when Henry VI granted a Royal Charter to the ‘Bailif and Citizens of the City of Rochester’.
RSPB – The country’s largest nature conservation charity, working to promote conservation and protect wildlife. It has over 200 nature reserves across the country, including Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill on the Hoo Peninsula.