Central Rivers Initiative

'Transforming the Trent Valley' secures Heritage Lottery Funding

The striking landscape of the Trent Valley, along with its archaeological and industrial heritage and important wetland habitats, are set to benefit from the first stage of a £3million project.

The first stage of the grant, amounting to £256,300, has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to the Central Rivers Initiative as part of its 'Transforming the Trent Valley' partnership project led by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

The 18month scheme, which supports the development of a larger proposal to be submitted for approval in 2018 for environmental, cultural and community-led projects, was given initial approval through its Landscape Partnership programme.

The 'Transforming the Trent Valley' scheme aims to turn people's outlook back to the river and floodplain, raise their level of appreciation for the local heritage, and engage them in constructive and informed decsion-making about the future use and management of the landscape.

The Landscape Partnership Scheme will undertake a wide range of environmental, cultural and community-led projects within the Trent, Tame, and Dove river valleys covering some 190 square kilometres from Uttoxeter to Tamworth and including the river valleys within or near to the main towns of Burton, Rugeley, Lichfield and Derby.

Work over the next 18month will help shape and define a range of projects, which include:

Creating a more robust and attractive landscape for local people and for visiting tourists to enjoy with access to sites of wildlife and cultural interest.

Revealing the archaeological and industrial heritage that has shaped the river valley landscape.

Restoring characteristic river valley landscape features such as meandering river channels, water meadows and waterside trees.

Creating new and improved wildlife habitats such as reed beds, wet pastures and woodland encouraging species such as bittern, osprey and waders on land formerly quarried for sand and gravel.

Improving accessibility on foot, cycle and horseback with new opportunities for recreation and sport.

During the next 18months the Partnership will be contacting local heritage groups and local communities to take on board their views and aspirations for the Trent Valley landscape and to help inform the design and delivery the emerging scheme projects.

 


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‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ proposed landscape Partnership Scheme.

In May 2016 , the Central Rivers Initiative partnership submitted a £2-3 million funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a wide range of environmental, cultural and community-led projects within a the Trent valley covering parts of the rivers Trent, Tame and Dove (see map of area here).

The application will be assessed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a final decision taken at the HLF Trustees' meeting in late October 2016, after which we will be informed whether we have been successful.

If successful, the ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ scheme will receive funding for five years to help take forward projects that will involve and benefit the local communities in and adjacent to the river valley, for example:

* Creating a more robust and attractive landscape for local people and for visiting tourists to enjoy with access to sites of wildlife and cultural interest.

* Revealing the archaeological and industrial heritage that has shaped the river valley landscape

* Restoring characteristic river valley landscape features such as meandering river channels, water meadows and waterside trees

* Creating new and improved wildlife habitats such as reed beds, wet pastures and woodland encouraging species such as bittern, osprey and waders on land formerly quarried for sand and gravel

* Improving accessibility on foot, cycle and horseback with new opportunities for recreation and sport

For more details about the proposal, see here.

For an update on the Scheme development and consultation, see here.

We would like to know your views about what you think is special about the Scheme area (Trent, Tame and Dove river valleys) and also about the types of project you would like to see funded as part of this proposed Scheme. Please spend a few minutes providing your views using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk./r/CRI2016

 

 

 

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