The Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme

The Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme is a five year Heritage Lottery Funded project involving a wide range of partners. Up on the Downs aims to work with local communities to conserve and celebrate the landscape and heritage of the Dover and Folkestone area.

Our Up on the Downs projects

Access for everyone

We've built an accessible path that is suitable for push chairs and wheelchair users. This will give everyone the opportunity to get a view of the cliffs. We will also be replacing some of our signs within the visitor centre so that visitors who don't want to walk to the cliffs or lighthouse can also see the natural beauty of the landscape.

Careful construction
The White Cliffs access path during construction

Caring for the landscape

Many rare and specialised plants make their home on the cliffs; this project allows us to revert small sections of farmland back into natural chalk grassland habitat. The specialised plants can colonise these new areas of the cliff top, providing a fantastic habitat for birds and invertebrates as well as increasing the area open to the public.

To the lighthouse

In recent years the interior of the lighthouse has been suffering from severe damp and a build up of salt. This has caused damage to the plaster inside the lighthouse. With the help of the partnership we are researching the causes of these problems and how we can reverse the damage, as well as discovering more about the construction of the lighthouse and its history.

Get involved with lookering

Could you help us look after our animals? We are looking for local volunteers to help us and our partners keep an eye on the animals that we use as part of our conservation work. All you need to do is take a look at them when you're out walking. We'll give you some training on what to look out for and what to do if there is a problem. You can always find out more about what's involved by looking at the volunteer role profile, or you can e-mail the scheme for more information or call 01304 872158.

Curious cattle
A herd of cows next to a cattle grid

Events

Up on the Downs and their partners are running loads of great events this year, from children's activities to conservation workshops and training days. So why not take a look and see what they have to offer.