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. …

Lullingstone Dig – what a success!

The community archaeology dig led by our Community Archaeologist, at Lullingstone Roman Villa was a great success. During the 15 days it ran for in July, lots of people took part in the dig itself including two YACs (Young Archaeologist Club) and school groups. A huge amount of work went on behind the scenes to …

LIDAR mapping complete

The LiDAR survey of the DVLPS area is complete. The data is being processed but we will update the LiDAR page with further news on when this will be finished in due course. LiDAR is a surveying method which sends laser beams to the ground and gives a 3D image of the ground below (as …

Free creative workshops – book now

Come and take part in one (or more) free creative art workshops being run at various locations in the Darent Valley. Join artists from Kinetika to share and capture your stories, memories and personal connections to the Darent Valley landscape through informal sessions. This is the start of DVLPS’s creative project – Inspired Palmer Landscapes …

Darent Valley’s Roman Secrets

As part of the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme we are exploring the Darent Valleys hidden Roman legacy in a two week community excavation that will be taking place at Lullingstone Roman Villa. The River Darent was an important Roman supply route in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries BC. At the height of Roman activity, there may have …

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