Greening the Gateway Kent and Medway
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Innovation Centre Medway (Phase 2) Maidstone Road Chatham Kent ME5 9SD
The vision for the Darent Valley Green Cluster has been informed by local stakeholders and reflects the inherent character of local landscapes, as well as opportunities for connectivity, recreation and place making.
Starting in the heart of the Kent Downs AONB (at the North Downs Way) and ending at the flood embankments of the River Thames, the Darent Valley cluster has a strategic location on the edge of the London conurbation. The Darent Valley Path is already a catalyst for a series of environmental projects, but the Green Cluster Studies offer an opportunity for an overarching, coordinated vision, which promotes the valley, while reflecting the strong contrasts
The Big Vision...
A new national cycle route running the length of the valley will connect the Thames City to Sea Path with the North Downs Way. This greenway will link a sequence of projects focusing on conservation, enhanced connectivity and interpretation along the valley. The river corridor environment is an attractive, but inherently sensitive environment which will benefit from a pro-active approach to visitor management. So activities will be promoted and concentrated at three major gateways:
Dartford’s Central Park – a focus for information and a well connected hub from which a large urban population can begin to explore the Darent Valley;
A new countryside gateway at the South Darenth lakes, where there is space for active recreation, wetland and woodland habitat enhancement and an opportunity to improve the landscape setting of local villages, all within easy walking and cycling distance from Dartford;
Lullingstone County Park – the gateway to the Upper Darent Valley where investment will focus on high quality facilities for visitors, including a car park, café, shop, information, picnic area, nature trails and guided routes.