Our Designing Nature at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve project involved local pupils working with conservationists, architects and designers to conceptualise a structure for the reserve.

The aim of this project was to enhance the knowledge and understanding of local communities about the wildlife on their doorstep – and to promote awareness of biodiversity through a participatory design process.

Led by one of our delivery partners, Kent Wildlife Trust, pupils worked with conservationists, architects and designers through a series of workshops and site visits at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to work up design concepts for an accessible and iconic interpretation, observation and discovery structure.

These concepts will form the basis for a build project that will be delivered as a separate element outside of the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme. The designs were exhibited at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve during summer 2019 alongside the plans for the new visitor centre. The document below provides a useful summary of the project and the gallery showcases a selection of images of the workshops, models produced and the exhibition.

Designing Nature project summary

 

  • Design workshops for pupils
  • Working with architects, conservationists and designers
  • Designing an interpretation structure for Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

 

If you would like more information on our Designing Nature project, please contact darent.valley@kentdowns.org.uk

Display boards in visitor centre with information about the Designing Nature project
Nine posters with children's designs for the visitor centre
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Group of people walking outdoors
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Slug on child's hand
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Child climbing on wooden playground
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Hands with snail shell
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Card with flower and leaves glued on it
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10 pieces of black card with leaves and flowers glued on it
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Man with pen and paper sketching ideas
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Group of people looking up at tree
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Models of people and trees with ball on mirrored image of water
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Models of people and trees with ball on mirrored image of water
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Model of tree with person sat underneath
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White plastic models of tree and people
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Architect in front of display panel explaining the children's designs
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Display boards in visitor centre with information about the Designing Nature project
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Display board with developed concepts on for the lake area at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
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Two people looking at A4 paper with sketches on
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Poster with child's drawing of lake on
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Hand holding skink
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