Throughout the scheme we have placed a great emphasis on learning opportunities. A particular focus is on reconnecting young people with the landscape and creating more opportunities for “wild time” in nature.
We are working with schools across the Darent Valley to deliver orienteering courses and teach map reading skills to students. We are establishing a permanent orienteering course and set up a Darent Valley orienteering league to give a wider group of people confidence in exploring the countryside. We continue to bring in students from neighbouring London boroughs to experience adventure and excitement that outdoor learning can offer and create lasting connections to this special landscape.
We are improving access to green spaces and are giving young people more opportunities to attend Forest School. The creation of a new Forest Garden will give people in the valley the chance to understand the impacts of permaculture practices on the landscape.
If you are located in or around the Valley and want to be involved, get in touch with our team to find out more.