We’re recruiting a Countryside Manager!

DVLPS is looking for a Countryside Manager. An exciting role with a focus on delivering projects that conserve biodiversity and landscape in the Darent Valley, as well those enabling people to access, enjoy and explore the valley’s natural and cultural heritage. For further information and to apply, please visit the vacancies page on the Kent …

Winner of November/ December 2021 Photo Challenge

This months (Nov/ Dec) winner of the Darent Valley Photography Competition is River Darent, Shoreham by Michael Gaunt. Thank you to everybody who submitted entries. The standard was extremely high and the judges had a difficult time choosing the winner. This image will be the November image for our 2023 calendar. The next theme is: …

DVLPS Winter Newsletter out now!

The DVLPS winter newsletter is now available. So you don’t miss any newsletters, why not sign up to our mailing list and get future editions direct to your email mailbox.

Winner of Oct/ Nov 2021 Darent Valley Photography Challenge!

Our Oct/Nov winner of the Darent Valley Photography Competition is Castle Farm by Chris Wilson Congratulations to Chris Wilson, for his winning image of Castle Farm. This image will be the October image for our 2023 calendar. Thank you to everybody who submitted entries. The standard was extremely high and the judges had a difficult …

The Photography Challenge is Open for Business!

The photography challenge is open for business! 12 Month Challenge Monthly Winners & Awards Free Monthly Photography Workshops Free Photo Walks Public Exhibition Challenge Book and Calendar Permanent Digital Photo Archive The Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme is an exciting large-scale partnership, working to conserve and enhance the distinctive heritage landscapes of the Darent Valley …

28.05.21 – Farm Cluster Officer sought by Kent Wildlife Trust

Kent Wildlife Trust is seeking a highly motivated individual to join their Wilder Landscapes Team and develop new relationships with farmers and landowners in the Darent Valley, empowering them to make decisions that benefit wildlife and their long-term sustainability in the face of a rapidly changing sector. For further information and to apply, please visit …

28.05.21 We’re recruiting a Countryside Access Officer!

We are searching for an individual with experience of working with communities to improve physical access to the landscape of the Darent Valley. Working with the scheme’s Countryside Manager, you will deliver physical improvements to the Darent Valley Path to realise the scheme’s aspirations of a traffic-free route from ‘source to Thames’. You will also …

21.05.21 Welcome to our new Art & Comms Manager!

We’re very pleased to welcome Selina Levinson Drake to the DVLPS team as the new Arts & Communications Manager. Selina will be leading on the arts projects within DVLPS, which are primarily under the ‘inspiring’ theme. She will also be coordinating the Scheme’s communications, promoting our work to our various audiences. Great to have you …

26.01.21 – We’re recruiting!

We’re currently recruiting for an Arts and Communications Manager to join the DVLPS team. It’s a fantastic role which will see the successful individual truly engaging communities by combining art and landscape in the Darent Valley. Further information and details of how to apply can be found on the Kent County Council website. Closing date …

23.12.20 DVLPS latest newsletter

The latest DVLPS newsletter is now available. Discover some of the projects we’ve been busy delivering over recent months. Why not sign up to our mailing list to receive the next newsletter straight to your inbox? Best wishes for the festive season.  

07.10.20 – it’s a fungi time of year

So with the leaves starting to turn and that autumn nip in the air, conditions are ideal for fungi to thrive. Here are a few that the DVLPS team been spotted in the Darent Valley over the last couple of weeks, in all their glory of various shapes, sizes and colours! Keep your eyes peeled …

05.08.20 – DVLPS still hard at work!

You may not have seen us around the Darent Valley as much over recent months due to us working at home as a result of Covid 19 restrictions. But we are still hard at work delivering many of our projects. We’ve also made some improvements to our website so you should find it easier to …

15.07.20 – Kent Downs public consultation – have your say

Help shape the future of the Kent Downs AONB You have the opportunity to help shape the future of some of the most enchanting countryside in Britain – the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Kent Downs AONB Draft Management Plan 2020-2025 is available for public consultation from 14 July – 7 September, giving you …

Forest Garden Volunteer Day – can you help?

Fancy a day in the beautiful surroundings of the Darent Valley landscape undertaking some conservation and gardening tasks? Then join the Quadrangle on their autumn Forest Gardening Volunteer Day on Saturday 23rd November, 10 – 4pm. Lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. To register or for more information please email hello@thequadrangle.co This important work helps …

Landscape heritage grants scheme now open

The Landscape & Heritage Grants programme is now open! We are inviting you (individuals or community groups) to make applications for the funding of interesting and exciting projects that help people care for, explore, enjoy, learn about and celebrate the wonderful landscape and heritage of the Darent Valley. If you think you have a suitable …

Silk in the landscape – come and have a go

Local people have produced some wonderful written pieces and silk paintings during our recent workshops, using the Darent Valley landscape as their inspiration. If you fancy having a go then we still have three workshops running this weekend (19/20 Oct) in Dartford and Otford as part of phase 1 of the Inspired Palmer Landscapes project. …

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