The Kent LiDAR Portal was designed and launched by the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme (DVLPS), which is led by Kent Downs AONB and hosted by Kent County Council. The DVLPS is a 5-year project predominantly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and the European Regional Develop Fund’s Interreg 2 Seas scheme.
Although the Darent Valley remains an area of remarkable beauty, rich in diverse habitats and with an impressive cultural heritage, it is a landscape on the edge, with London expansion bringing increasing pressures that are dissolving its natural character. Many people who live within reach of the valley lack awareness of the amazing potential which is on their doorstep, further threatening its future. Formed in 2017, the DVLPS was implemented in order to help conserve and enhance the distinctive heritage landscapes of the area and connect people to the valley in order to help conserve it.
In order to better understand the development and various layers of history along the valley, the DVLPS commissioned a LiDAR survey which would provide detailed data able to be interrogated by heritage professionals, volunteer archaeologists, and interested members of the public alike. This is being led by the Darent Valley Community Archaeologist, Dr Anne Sassin (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the Sevenoaks Commons data taken on by Andrew Mayfield, KCC Community Archaeologist (email@example.com).
To find out more about the DVLPS and their work, visit the website (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow them on social media (@DVLPS on Facebook and @darent_valley on Twitter and Instagram).