Get Involved

Join Us

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’re holding our Summer Meeting at The Quadrangle in Shoreham on May 20. Do come – details below

Life on a riverbank near you

Join us on Monday 20th May to learn more about life on the riverbank. We will be discussing the challenge to native species from mink, signal crayfish, Himalayan balsam and pollution.

There will be a chance to learn more about the how the emerging technology e-DNA is helping to identify the presence of species in water samples. We may well touch on the subject of water supply and sewage treatment.

The evening meeting which takes the theme of Life on a riverbank near you is being held in the beautiful surroundings of The Quadrangle in Shoreham. Arrive at any time after 6.30pm for a stroll by the river with a glass of wine. The meeting will start indoors at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome!

Directions: The Quadrangle can be reached on foot from both Otford and Shoreham by following the footpath between the villages (more details here). Alternatively if you are coming by car, The road leading to the Quadrangle is off the A225. If you are heading towards Otford from Shoreham, take a sharp right turn about half a mile after Shoreham station, opposite Fackenden Lane. As you go down the lane and through the golf course there’s a fork in the road – take the left lane with the sign pointing to the Quadrangle.