Our Future Skills project makes sure that partners, communities and those contributing to the objectives of the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme (DVLPS) have the skills and knowledge to ensure that our projects are delivered successfully. Such skills will ensure a strong legacy for our projects and that the work can be sustained after the DVLPS comes to an end.

A variety of training has been arranged and delivered already, both in-person and virtual learning, equipping many of our partner organisations, volunteers and community members will new skills to deliver DVLPS projects. Training so far has included:


  • Conservation management – woodland management, species identification, habitat surveys
  • Hedge-laying
  • Teaching pre-history outside the classroom
  • Forest School level 3 certificate
  • Introduction to drone training
  • PfCO course (permission for commercial operations – licence needed to fly a drone)
  • Roman pottery
  • Chainsaw training
  • Oak Processionary Moth identification and management
  • Basic tree survey and inspection
  • Landscape Character Assessment
  • Brushcutter operation for Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers and Kent Country Parks rangers and volunteers
  • Teach O – training for teachers in how to use orienteering at school
  • Workshops and practical training on rivers for NWKCP’s DEEP project (River Darent Environmental Enhancement Programme)


Upcoming courses arranged for coming months include:

  • Veteran tree management
  • Historic Landscape Characterisation


If you would like more information on our Future Skills project, please email darent.valley@kentdowns.org.uk 


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