It has been agreed that the Trust will become the delivery partner for the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme project 2D: Otford’s Hidden Palace.
The conservation of the Archbishop’s Palace is one piece in the jigsaw of initiatives to preserve the heritage and attraction of the Daren Valley. The Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme (DVLPS) led by the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), “is an exciting large-scale partnership, working to conserve and enhance this distinctive landscape and reconnect people to it.
“It brings together a unique mix of organisations that will work with and empower local communities to ensure the survival of this exceptional area. Through them, we will achieve genuinely sustainable conservation of its natural and cultural heritage with communities that feel emotionally and physically reconnected with their landscape.” One of the strands of the Scheme concerns Otford’s ‘Hidden Palace’ and this comprises a number of activities that overlap with the aims of the Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust.
As the delivery partner, the Trust will be responsible for a number of DVLPS projects that will support its main aim of conserving the Palace and creating an interpretation centre for the Darent Valley.