The beautiful parishes of Mountfield and Brightling and the countryside around the area of the Darwell reservoir deserve our care. Without it, they might suffer, as have other villages where there is no active conservation society. So we hope you will join us in helping to protect and enhance them. Otherwise, in the words of Philip Larkin:
And that will be England gone,
The shadows, the meadows, the lanes,
The guildhalls, the carved choirs.
There’ll be books; it will linger on
In galleries; but all that remains
For us will be concrete and tyres.
Darwell Area Conservation Society is a new organization that is in the process of formation. A number of people have come together who share a love of this area and a desire to understand it better, and ensure that its beauty is conserved and passed on to future generations.
Everywhere man is trashing the planet, and we believe that by coming together to protect our local area, we can be part of a wider movement to reverse this trend. Some people may say nimby; others take the view that if we all looked after our own backyards, the world would be a much better place.
DACS’s objectives are:
- To celebrate the diversity of our local natural environment, the architectural quality of our buildings and the historic and archaeological significance of the locality.
- To work, when appropriate, with the Parish Councils and other organizations to protect the area around the Darwell Valley.
- To support and, whenever possible, participate in local conservation activities.
- To act as a voice for local concerns
- To consider local planning applications for any development within the area.
Planning policy discourages unnecessary and inappropriate development within the rural areas of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, restricting the outward expansion of our villages and encouraging careful design and appropriate use of materials for both new buildings and extensions and for alterations to existing buildings within the village envelopes, so that they fit in with their settings. Village growth should be modest in scale, well-designed, and should include affordable hsing so that the health of our villages can be maintained by retaining a balance population. Most importantly, the Society keeps a watching brief on all proposed developments that might affect our area.
The society will use its funds to further these aims and objectives, and will raise money towards this through fund-raising activities that also help to generate a sense of community.
There is an annual subscription and we also accept donations as we rely on members’ generosity where both cash and practical help are concerned. We produce a quarterly newsletter and email alerts for members.
If you would like to raise any local conservation matters please leave a comment below.
If you would like to join the Society please sign up here.
Our website is at https://savedarwell.wordpress.com