The Kent Rural Board

The Kent Rural Board is the strategic rural partnership for Kent and Medway. Created in 2004, the Kent Rural Board was set-up to foster collaborative cross-sector working on a range of key policy agendas.

 The Kent Rural Board is responsible for:-

  1. Joining up Kent’s rural agenda: providing an expert, multi-agency rural voice for Kent.
  2. Working as a rural advocate for Kent through influencing and rural-proofing policy and attracting further investment into Kent’s rural areas.
  3. Acting as a catalyst to bring about step-change in rural delivery across Kent.


The Kent Rural Board contains organisations that have either been created to represent particular communities of interest, or to set public policy and oversee the delivery of services that implement those policies.

Membership of the Board reflects the current strategic priorities of the Kent Rural Board’s business plan and comprises:-


  • Action with Communities in Rural Kent.  

  • Country Land and Business Association   

  • Kent Association of Local Councils          

  • Kent County Agricultural Society             

  • Kent County Council                              

  • Kent Downs AONB                                

  • Kent Economic Board/South East LEP      

  • Kent Wildlife Trust.                               

  • Hadlow College

  • Medway Council                                   

  • National Farmers Union

  • Rural Diocese of Canterbury.             

  • Kent Planning Officers Group.