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Join DRiPS to help preserve the Darent for future generations. Through our newsletters and events, we will keep you informed about issues affecting the river and our lobbying efforts to increase protection for rivers and waterways and build resilience against the effects of climate change.

It costs just £10 per year for individual members and £20 annually for organisations.
This supports our communications with members and enables us to hold events and invest in initiatives such as our citizen science activity (see below).

I would like to join DRiPS

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To join, please either complete the email form or download our membership form and send it with a cheque to the address shown on the form:

Annual fee is £10 for individuals and £20 for organisations

Please transfer the fee online to Nat West Bank, Account name Darent River Preservation Society, Sort Code 60-19-02, Account number 71582894 using your name as a reference. Alternatively you can send a cheque to the address on the downloadable membership form.

Data Protection Policy: In joining the society, you agree to your information being used solely for communication with you in matters relating to the Darent River Preservation Society. It will never be passed to a third party.

Volunteer

It costs just £10 per year for individual members and £20 annually for organisations.
This supports our communications with members and enables us to hold events and invest in initiatives such as our citizen science activity (see below).

Would you like to get involved with activity sessions to help remove invasive species from the riverbank, restore river banks using traditional techniques, take part in river quality monitoring initiatives or other activities?
Fill in the form below, or keep an eye on our Facebook page for news of activities.

Register your interest in volunteering here:

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Our partners, North West Kent Countryside Partnership, have a team of regular volunteers who help out on a wide variety of projects, including on the Darent. Register with us to be kept informed of these activities. Alternatively sign up directly with NWKCP. The Darent Valley Farming Cluster also has opportunities for volunteers – details here.

We are launching our first Citizen Science initiative in partnership with the Darent Valley Farmer Cluster and Kent Wildlife Trust. The project is at an early stage and information is being logged directly into an App. The intention is that the data will be open access and we will share details as the project progresses. Regular testing is being made on the turbity, phosphate and nitrate concentrations along sections of the Darent.

Events

We have completed our calendar of events for 2023. Come back in the New Year to find out what is planned for 2024 – or keep an eye on Facebook. 

Annual Meeting with guest speakers from Thames Water

We held a very successful Annual Meeting on Wednesday November 8th, Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford TN14 5PQ.

Our guest speaker was Jamie Riches, a groundwater resources specialist at Thames Water. Jamie has had a long involvement with the Darent and worked closely with us during the preparation and implementation of the Darent Action Plan to restore flow levels.

Jamie talked about the new Vulnerable Catchments Team who are establishing a monitoring network for the entire Darent catchment which will include groundwater levels, river low and ecological status at various points. He also reported on plans to reduce groundwater abstraction from the Darent by 2035.

He was joined by Graeme Kasselman from Thames Water who manages investment in London’s wastewater assets. He provided insight into proposals for a Sevenoaks Sewage Treatment Works.

A summary of each talk is available on our News pages.