A stunningly beautiful animated film has been made about the River Darent. Described as part-poem, part history reimagined, it tells the story of the river going back 100 million years and sheds light on its fragile existence today.

Written and narrated by Deborah Wolton of The Quadrangle in Shoreham, it was made by made by Temujen Gunawardena and Badj Whipple. Production of the animation was supported by the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme (DVLPS), Kent Downs National Landscape and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The short film ends with a timely message:

“This river is rare and precious, one of only about 200 chalk rivers in the whole world. In the face of the climate crisis, we are all more vulnerable than ever, and so is our river. We must protect it, and fight for its right to life.”

Our thanks to Deborah and The Quadrangle.