The area immediately south of Walmer Castle was purchased from the Leith Estate in 1999 to ensure that it was maintained as an open space for the benefit of people and wildlife. The land is managed by a working group comprised of Councillors and local residents with advice from environmental specialists when required.
This area of chalk grassland is of national importance for wildlife, particularly wild flowers and butterflies. The last sixty years has seen the loss of around 80% of the chalk grassland in Britain and although Hawkshill is a relatively small site it represents 0.2% of this remaining type of vegetation in Kent.
The land is registered as common land and has had an interesting and varied history. You can find out more about the site from the interpretation boards, which have been erected on the site.