The Countryside Team:

The Countryside Team consists of the Country Parks Officer and two part-time Rangers.

The Team manages a number of sites including urban green space and rural countryside.

The main sites are:

Dartford Heath 130 hectares (320 acres) - one of the last remaining lowland heaths in Kent but with a wide variety of other habitat types as well, including woodland, scrub, open grassland and three ponds.

Darenth Country Park 42 hectares (102 acres) - grazing fields, open meadows and woodland, with lots of hedgerows, an orchard and a pond. The site also includes two cemeteries from Darenth Park Hospital which used to occupy the site and chalk grassland SSSI.

Darenth/Ladies Woods - DBC own 36 hectares (88 acres) of a total 85 hectares (210 acres) of these lovely woods - designated as ancient woodland and a SSSI.

Other sites include:

Brooklands Lakes, Gunpowder Mills and Heath Lane open space.

The Countryside Team, under the supervision of the Parks and Open Spaces Manager, implements management plans, maintain sites, manage visitors, carries out practical conservation tasks, works with volunteers, organizes events and guided walks for the general public, together with many other duties.

In partnership with the Community Safety Unit Park Rangers, the Countryside Team carry out patrolling of their sites to minimise anti-social behaviour such as off-road motor cycles and quad bikes, rubbish dumping, graffiti and vandalism.

The Countryside Team carry out FREE guided walks of the parks and woods. All details can be found via our Countryside Guided Walks page

If you would to volunteer with the Countryside team, or gain work experience, please leave a message on 01322 285497 and a team member will get back to you.

If your call is to report anti-social behaviour, please contact our Enforcement Park Rangers on 01322 343075.

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