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Previous Management Plans

Following the storm of 1987, the Commons Conservators commissioned a ten year management plan from the Kent Wildlife Trust.  This was implemented in 1992.  At the end of this time they commissioned a new plan which was adopted by the Conservators at the end of 2005.
The Warden has been actively following this plan to achieve the objectives laid out, such as the creation of graded woodland edges and a variety of habitats, and pond restoration.
One of the main intentions of the Conservators was to return the Commons as far as possible to the open heathland that existed for 2000 years, but was lost in the twentieth century, and to encourage further biodiversity by creating appropriate habitats.

This emphasis has shifted slightly in the latest 2017 management plan which can be read by following the link.
The majority of the 2005 report can be read by following the links below.
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Grazing Feasibility Study
The original 1992 Management Plan recommended the reintroduction of grazing as the most effective way of maintaining the Commons as open heathland and increasing biodiversity.
However, this would lead to the problem of keeping animals off the many busy roads that cross or bound the Commons and keeping open access for the general public.
The Conservators commissioned a Grazing Feasibility Study from Kent Wildlife Trust in early 2005.  Because of the many problems grazing would bring, most notably finding a way to keep the animals from straying onto the many busy roads that cross or bound the Commons whilst still allowing open access to the public, the recommendations of this report have not been implemented.  However, the Conservators still consider grazing to be desirable, so this is still a possible future direction.
You can read the full report below.

Page last updated: 12/07/2017