CRI

1) Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

See original steam engines working in this fascinating Victorian pumping station. Café, bookshop, education centre.

Web: www.claymills.org.uk

2) Burton Canoe Club

Family based clubhouse on the Washlands with kayaks and canoes for members. Training, competition and recreation.

Web:www.burtoncanoeclub.co.uk/‎

3) National Brewery Centre

Experience Burton upon Trent's rich brewing heritage with visitor centre, beer tastings, events and micro brewery.

Web:
www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk

4) Trent Washlands

River Trent floodplain wildlife haven with meadows, wildflowers, Hereford cattle, sculpture trails and wheelchair access.

Web: Trent Washlands

5) Brewhouse

The online arts showcase for East Staffordshire

Web:
http://www.brewhouse.co.uk/

6) Shobnall Marina

Pleasant moorings with boat services, handy for Burton's great shopping, eating out and railway station. Web:http://www.jannel.co.uk/

7) Branston Golf & Country Club

18 and 9 hole golf course, Health & Fitness Facilities, Golf Academy, Driving Range, Bar, Restaurant, Golf Shop

Web:http://www.branstonclub.co.uk‎

8) Drakelow Nature Reserve

Open to permit holders. Former gravel pit important for its wetland habitats and wildlife.

Web:
Drakelow Reserve

9) Branston Water Park

Local Nature Reserve lake surrounded by woodland, reedbeds and meadows. Wheelchair access, angling and model boating.

Web:Branston Water Park

10) Newbold Quarry

Active Aggregate Industries quarry with public access being developed amongst wetland and reedbed restoration.

Web:Newbold quarry

11) Barton Marina

Superb waterside destination with restaurants, shops, lakes, fishery, nature walk, garden centre and boat marina. Web:www.bartonmarina.co.uk

12) Borough Hill Farm

Free visits, by arrangement, for groups and schools, to this fascinating working farm, complete with Scheduled Ancient Monument. Phone:

13) Barton Quarry

Hanson, creating water recreation and wildlife habitat following mineral extraction.

Web:Barton quarry

14) Catton Hall

Music, equestrian events, corporate and wedding venue, luxury accomodation and great wildlife by the river.

Web:www.catton-hall.com

15) National Memorial Arboretum

A haven of peace, contemplation and hope, National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. Web:www.thenma.org.uk

16) Croxall Lakes

Former gravel workings alongside River Mease developed as a nature reserve with important wetland and grassland habitats.

Web:www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

17) Whitemoor Lakes Action Centre

Whitemoor Lakes Action Centre. Web:www.actioncentres.co.uk

18) Microlight School

Get a birds-eye view of the Central Rivers area! Trial lessons available for all. Web:

www.microlightschool.org.uk

19) Alrewas Quarry

Lafarge Alrewas Quarry - Creating wildlife habitats and public amenity through careful mineral extraction and restoration. Web:www.lafarge.co.uk

20) Fradley Junction

Lovely café and nature reserve with nearby caravan park by Coventry and Trent and Mersey canals. Web:www.waterscape.com

21) Elford Hall Walled Gardens

Be part of this great community project restoring a Georgian walled garden. Or just visit!. Web:

www.elfordhallgarden.org.uk

22) Woodhouse Community Farm

Visit this fascinating smallholding with a productive Walled Garden and Capability Brown landscaping. Open Tuesday and Saturday afternoons.

Web:http://www.woodhousecommunityfarm.co.uk‎

23) Fisherwick Lakes

Interesting and challenging game and coarse fishing. Picturesque and great value for money. Web:www.fisherwicklakes.co.uk

24) Elford Quarry

JPE are completing this restoration, to include leisure, wildlife and footpaths, and also recycling aggregates. Web:www.jpeaggregates.co.uk

25) Tamworth Castle and Pleasure Grounds

Superb castle and grounds overlooking beautiful floral terraces and river, ideal for picnics and walks. Web:www.tamworth.gov.uk

26) Egg Meadow

Enjoy this beautiful wild flower meadow in central Tamworth and its circular cycle route. Access: From the Snow Dome car park. Web:www.tamworth.gov.uk

27) SnowDome Tamworth

The ultimate snow, ice & leisure experience. Web:www.snowdome.co.uk

28) Borrow Pit Lake

Explore this wildlife haven in central Tamworth with spectacular views of the river.

Web:http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

29) Fazeley Mill Marina

Moor at this delightful oasis of calm, surrounded by mature trees and grass banks. Web:www.canalmarinas.com

30) Dosthill Park Local Nature Reserve

A hidden jewel! Walk, play or just sit and watch the river….


Web:
http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk

31) Dosthill Diving Centre

Dive in crystal clear water amidst beautiful geology, native crayfish and fish at this top inland centre. Web:

http://www.divedozzi.com/photos.html

32) Drayton Manor Park

The UK's best family theme park with kids rides, family fun, zoo, and thrill rides.

Web:www.draytonmanor.co.uk

33) Middleton Lakes

Relax or play…find a wild space to suit your mood on this beautiful restored gravel quarry.

Web:www.rspb.org.uk

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.

 


Have your say......

‘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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