Nature conservation and landscape

1. Overview

We have a legal duty to conserve the nature conservation interest in our area. Wildlife and habitats are also protected by national and local planning policies. This section gives further information on the nature conservation interest in our Borough. The Thames Estuary and Marshes are very important for birds and special provisions will apply to new housing development affecting them.

Our area has a varied rural landscape, from the marshes around the Thames in the north, arable farmlands to the south and east of Gravesend, and downs and woodland in the south. This section gives further information on the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and various studies which have been produced to help us understand the character of our landscape when making decisions.

There are trees within our towns and villages and areas of woodland in our countryside. Trees have many advantages such as creating pleasant spaces, providing shade on hot days, cleaning the air and providing habitat for wildlife. This section gives further information on protected trees, ancient woodland and what you can do about neighbouring and dangerous trees.