Formed in 1966 the CMA is the largest organisation supporting the work of conservation, access and recreation professionals in the natural greenspace and countryside sector throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our aims

  • Support the development of staff, students and volunteers involved in the management, interpretation, and public enjoyment of natural greenspace and the countryside through networking, training and continuing professional development.
  • Promote the value and importance of professionally managed natural greenspace and the countryside to the general public, the government and other organisations.
  • Influence the organisations involved in the management of natural greenspace and countryside by providing information and authoritative comment.
  • Champion the staff, students and volunteers involved in the management, interpretation, and access to natural greenspace and the countryside.

Join the CMA and be inspired, informed, respected, connected!

Latest News

CMA Photo competition launched


Dartmoor NP Ranger ©DNPA

This year CMA wants to celebrate the work of countryside and greenspace professionals by

collating and sharing inspirational photos of you and your colleagues at work.

As an extra incentive to join in and submit an entry, we have teamed up with the Natural History Book Service (NHBS) to offer some fantastic prizes: A £100 voucher for first prize and £50 vouchers for two runners-up!

Visit the competition homepage to read more and submit your photo(s). The competition will run from late May to the end of December 2021. Entrants can submit up to three photos each. Click here for full terms and conditions.

Online reptile workshop

CMA have teamed up with Froglife to provide a free online training workshop focussing on reptile identification, ecology and survey.  The session will be led by Ben Harris – Froglife’s Discovering Reptiles Project Officer – and will provide an introduction to the reptile species found in the UK, before concentrating on the survey and monitoring techniques we can use at the sites we manage / may manage in the future.   For more details and booking go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reptile-identification-ecology-and-survey-methods-tickets-156234893773

The workshop is open to CMA members only and we expect it to be popular, so with places limited, we advise you to book soon!


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Free Student Starter Membership for one year

We have launched our new FREE Student Starter Membership to those in full- or part-time education, including apprenticeships.


  • Digital access to Ranger magazine (no printed copies will be sent to Student Members)
  • Join our Forum to discuss countryside management matters
  • Enjoy members’ rates for our study days, training sessions and annual conference
  • Members’ discounts

Who is it for?

Our new membership category is for students in full- or part-time education interested in countryside, greenspace and environmental work.

How to join

Please follow this link for information on how to subscribe to our FREE Student Starter Membership.


CMA unveils new Basecamp collaboration toolBasecamp logo 

CMA has signed up with Basecamp to offer members a free online networking and discussion platform.  Click to find out more about Basecamp and how it can be used to help you in your work and career.


2020/21 CMA Annual Report published

Click to read the latest Annual Report








CMA is sponsored and supported by the
Countryside Jobs Service