This project aims to enhance biodiversity, protect heritage features and help to make the Darent River more resilient in the face of climate change.

Where Ten Thousand Fishes Once Played is our project to restore the River Darent. Central to the project is working in partnerships with organisations across the UK and north-west Europe (Belgium and the Netherlands) to make the River Darent more resilient to the impacts of climate change. This includes both low flows and increased extreme flood events.

The project will be delivered in a series of integrated projects that respect landscape character, enhance the biodiversity value and protect the heritage features associated with the river and adjacent land.

Throughout the project, we will share best practice with partners, involve local stakeholders and directly engage with landowners to find new solutions to land management.


  • Building resilience to low flows and flood events
  • Enhancing biodiversity
  • Protecting heritage features
  • Working in partnerships
  • Engaging local stakeholders and landowners


Check out our recent drone footage the wetland creation works at Preston Farm.

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The River Darent

The River Darent

The River Darent is a chalk stream and the defining feature in the Darent Valley landscape. It has played...

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Co-financed by the European Union and the European Regional Development Fund