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 capital works to ensure that future management is easier, cheaper and more efficient to support an anticipated low-budget future, are already underway and the project is moving forward apace with new fences, kissing and field gates already installed. A large area of scrub that was encroaching on the chalk grassland has also been removed.  .

We will improve access, via a circular waymarked route, 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. On-site interpretation will engage visitors in learning about the site’s intriguing heritage and the international significance of its chalk grassland.

 

  • 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

Trench in ground
Brick wall in field
Brick wall in field
Panoramic view of fields and sky
Grassland in front and fields behind in the distance
Mist in valley bottom
Mist across field with blue sky
Frost on grass with sloped field and blue sky
Sign with information of wildlife at Preston Hill
Raising mechanism in field
Footpath across field with mist
Information board about wildflowers at Preston Hill
Wood post with waymark disc in a field
rifle range mechanism with grass surrounding
Two red arrows on white background on timber post
Red mushroom in grassland
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