Darent Action Plan

To achieve our shared Vision for the Darent and Cray, the Partnership have created a Catchment Plan which you can explore below. This plan outlines the Aims, Objectives and Actions required to achieve our shared Vision, restoring the Darent and Cray rivers back to health. 

Our Aims

  1.  The river should support a mosaic of habitats with high biodiversity value
  2. To develop sustainable water management within the catchment
  3. To have an appropriate self-sustaining fish population
  4. To have communities that enjoy, engage with and protect the river
  5. To improve water quality
  6. To restore the river to a more naturally functioning watercourse
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Improve condition and biodiversity of riparian areas
The river should support a mosaic of habitats with high biodiversity value
Action Sub catchment Partners Status Activities
Habitat enhancement of woodland and wetland area of Foots Cray Meadows Cray and Shuttle Proposed 0 View
Promote strategies to deal with invasive species
The river should support a mosaic of habitats with high biodiversity value
Action Sub catchment Partners Status Activities
Chemical treatment of Japanese knotweed at Ruxley Gravel Pit Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Chemical treatment of Japanese knotweed and manual pulling of Himalayan balsam at Riverside Gardens. Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Japanese Knotweed treatment at Bookers Cash and Carry warehouse, Crayford Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Treatment of New Zealand pigmyweed at Hall Place Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Treatment of Japanese Knotweed at Foots Cray reuse and recycling centre Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Treatment of Parrots Feather at Hall Place Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Invasive Non-Native Species control at Foots Cray Meadows Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Organise manual pulling of Himalayan balsam until the species is eradicated Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Develop network of citizen science volunteers to monitor Invasive Non-Native Species across the catchment Cray and Shuttle 0 View
Promoting strategies to tackle diffuse pollution through community engagement and practical projects
To improve water quality
Action Sub catchment Partners Status Activities
Investigate solution to diffuse pollution issues Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Action Sub catchment Partners Status Activities
Investigate issue of hydrocarbons Cray and Shuttle Completed 0 View
Raise awareness of flooding and diffuse pollution Cray and Shuttle Completed 0 View
Promote pollution prevent through community engagement Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Develop network of volunteers to report flooding and/or pollution events Cray and Shuttle Active 0 View
Protect and enhance the habitats of the river corridor & floodplain
The river should support a mosaic of habitats with high biodiversity value
Action Sub catchment Partners Status Activities
Investigate options for pond creation at Foots Cray Meadows Cray and Shuttle Proposed 0 View
Habitat restoration in the Wyncham Stream Cray and Shuttle 0 View
Develop habitat enhancement projects with local community groups Cray and Shuttle Proposed 0 View
Deliver habitat restoration at Hall Place Cray and Shuttle Completed 0 View
Deliver habitat enhancement at St Marys recreation ground Cray and Shuttle Proposed 0 View
Deliver habitat enhancement at Hales Meadows Sidcup Cray and Shuttle Completed 0 View
Deliver habitat enhancement to Hall Place reservoir Cray and Shuttle Completed 0 View
Deliver habitat enhancements at Dartfordian Rugby Club Cray and Shuttle Proposed 0 View
Deliver habitat enhancements at Foots Cray Meadows Cray and Shuttle Completed 0 View
Potential to address fish passage at weir and deliver habitat options for Ruxley Gravel Pit SSSI. Cray and Shuttle Proposed 0 View

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Catchment wide actions

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To have an appropriate self-sustaining fish population
Address fish passage so fish can access appropriate habitats
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
A number of redundant weirs have been identified through Brasted, these need assessing to see if they can be removed, or fish passage addressed at each. These include: Brasted Mill, Brasted Center Weir, Brasted Garden Weir, Jewsons Weir, Bypassed Weir upstream of Tanners Weir & Tanners Weir. Darent Planned View
Understand the current and potential fish population
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
Research the historic fish population, and species present through time, of the River Cray & Shuttle. Cray and Shuttle Active View
The river should support a mosaic of habitats with high biodiversity value
Promote strategies to deal with invasive species
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
Treatment of New Zealand pigmyweed at Hall Place Cray and Shuttle Active View
Treatment of Japanese Knotweed at Foots Cray reuse and recycling centre Cray and Shuttle Active View
Protect and enhance the habitats of the river corridor & floodplain
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
Investigate options for pond creation at Foots Cray Meadows Cray and Shuttle Proposed View
Address low diversity habitats through the Upper Darent with simple in-channel enhancements, e.g. LWM. Darent Proposed View
To restore the river to a more naturally functioning watercourse
To identify all of the existing structures and sections of heavy modified river with the view to undertaking an options and cost appraisal outlining remediation or mitigation measures.
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
Investigate options for fish passage at Nash's Mill Structure Cray and Shuttle Proposed View
Prevent bank erosion and mitigate against potential flooding
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
Prevent bank erosion adjacent to Love Lane allotments Cray and Shuttle Completed View
To develop sustainable water management within the catchment
Reduce the impact of flooding
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
Identify Natural Flood Management opportunities within the Darent catchment Darent Proposed View
To have communities that enjoy, engage with and protect the river
Ensure the river is well-valued and understood by the local community
Action Sub catchment Partners Status
Develop a citizen science project with the local community to provide intelligence on river issues. Darent Proposed View

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