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 conference 2019 – now open for bookings!

This year’s conference will be hosted by the National Trust and the Lake District National Park from the 9th to 11th October.  Based at Ambleside YHA, we will be treated to some excellent speakers and fascinating site visits, with a theme around landscape scale approaches to countryside management.  Full details available on the Conference webpage.


Call for entries for 2019 Gordon Miller Award

Entries are now open for the 2019 Gordon Miller Award.  If you have a project you are proud of and would like to share with fellow CMA members, please consider putting it forward for this year’s award.  Some terrific projects have been entered in recent years and winners have found that the prestige and positive publicity that comes with winning the award have helped to secure invaluable support and resources for their ongoing work.   Click here for more info.


Celebrate World Ranger Day on July 31st

World Ranger Day on the 31st of July is celebrated around the world to commemorate those rangers who are killed or injured and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage.

On World Ranger Day we can show our support and stand with Rangers in many ways, these could include:
– Use social media to promote the event
– Honour fallen Rangers with a minute’s silence
– Host an event
– Raise money to support Rangers

Click here to find out more


Watch award-winning film The Living Thames by CMA Patron Chris Baines

Chris Baines new film for the Thames Estuary Partnership The Living Thames won top prize in the charity film awards, in competition with 150 others from across all charitable sectors. It lasts an hour, has an introduction from Sir David Attenborough, and is an account of the value of partnerships in a major environmental success. The Thames estuary was biologically dead 70 years ago, and now has salmon, harbour porpoises and a wealth of other wildlife.

Click to watch a 2-minute trailer or the whole film (password ThamesOdyssey)







CMA is sponsored and supported by the
Countryside Jobs Service.