Preston Hill Country Park, with its chalk grassland, country park and military heritage, offers a huge potential for residents and visitors to connect with nature and cultural heritage. This project aims to restore and conserve it for all to enjoy.

Our Preston Hill – the Unknown Country Park project will help to restore the site’s important SSSI chalk grassland, country park and rich military heritage so that local communities and visitors alike can enjoy the superb natural environment and history of the Darent Valley.

The area, set on top of a steep hill, is half grassland and half woodland and in the summer months is covered with wildflowers. A variety of butterflies including chalkhill blues and dark green fritillaries can also be seen on the chalk grassland. As the site is relatively rarely visited, it is something of a haven for adders and grass snakes.

The project will involve capital works to ensure that future management is easier, cheaper and more efficient to support an anticipated low-budget future.

We will improve access so that more people will be able to enjoy and understand the site and its heritage in a sustainable manner without damaging its special characteristics.

 

  • Improvements to Preston Hill site
  • SSSI chalk grassland, country park and heritage improvements
  • Improved access for local communities and visitors to the valley

 

Best way to travel

The site is can be accessed from Shoreham station or by car from Shoreham Road, Eynsford, Kent, TN14 7UE. Parking is free.

If you would like more information on our Preston Hill restoration project, please contact darent.valley@kentdowns.org.uk

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