CAMS

The Cobham Ashenbank Management Scheme (CAMS) is an association of organisations working together for the management and restoration of an area of high heritage and nature conservation importance in the Kent Downs. CAMS was launched in 1997 to undertake a programme of projects to conserve and enhance historic, nature conservation, and landscape interests within the Historic Cobham Park and Ashenbank Wood area.

The Scheme brings together some of the country’s leading heritage and conservation organisations with the local authorities and developers of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in a loose association to take a fresh approach to old and familiar issues, and promote a consensus approach to the landscape, its management, and project development.

There are eight partners in CAMS…

Gravesham Borough Council                     The National Trust
English Heritage                                           Union Railways
Natural England                                           Kent County Council
Cobham Hall                                                 The Woodland Trust

Located at the edge of the Thames Gateway, identified by central Government as a national focal point for growth and regeneration, the CAMS Scheme covers a rural area of exceptional quality and unique character. Situated at the northern extremity of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the narrowest part of the Metropolitan Green Belt, between the large urban areas of the Medway Towns and Kent Thameside, the area suffers disproportionately from urban fringe pressures and issues. The core of the CAMS area is the Registered Historic Cobham Park, although the Scheme covers a wider area of the former Cobham Estate including Scalers Hill and Knights Place Farm.  Cobham Park is now owned by a wide range of individuals and organisations.