Proposed Landscape Partnership Scheme

Central Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme: a proposal for Heritage Lottery funding

The Central Rivers Initiative is proposing to submit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding a Landscape Partnership Scheme that will cover the Central Rivers Initiative area (Tamworth to Burton upon Trent) as well as extensions North West along a section of the River Dove and an extension West along a section of the River Trent. Together the Scheme area covers the river valley landscape that is described as the Trent Valley Washlands Regional Landscape Character Area

Overall Scheme ambition: to revitalise the natural and cultural heritage of the Central Rivers wetland landscape.

Central Rivers area: to cover the Trent Valley Washlands Regional Landscape Character Area including the Trent, Tame and Dove river valleys (area under consideration shown on map below).

Background:

The Central Rivers Initiative (CRI) www.centralrivers.org.uk is a long-established partnership that has been working with landowners, mineral companies and local groups to shape the restoration of the river valley landscape between Tamworth and Burton upon Trent.

Given increasing pressures on the river valley for mineral exploitation and land development and changing local community needs and expectations, the CRI Partnership believes the time is right to take the CRI approach to a higher level of partnership working and is seeking HLF funding as a Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Outline scheme proposal:

We have a vision:  “to create and connect beautiful places where people can explore and enjoy water, landscape and wildlife, and to ensure that careful extraction and restoration by the area’s many sand and gravel quarries will leave a sustainable network of wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities and agricultural land.”

We are aiming to develop a project which achieves outcomes for:

  • Natural and Built Heritage eg restoration of wetland habitats and re-naturalisation of our rivers and streams; restoration and interpretation of our built, industrial and cultural heritage associated with canals, rivers and their floodplains.
  • People eg involving local people in research and study of the evolution of the Central Rivers landscape and in the visual presentation of information to show landscape change from palaeo-environments to present day; training and practice in practical management and environmental survey skills.
  • Communities eg development of trails and facilities and web-based information listing opportunities for access for visitors as well as for local people to enjoy and appreciate the river valley landscape and for health and wellbeing benefits; creation of vantage points to help people appreciate the river valley landscape and influence decisions affecting landscape change.

Your input/next steps:

The Partnership will be submitting a bid to HLF at the end of May 2016 for a development grant to develop this proposal in detail.

The Partnership welcomes your input and support for the proposed Central Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme.  As well as any general comments we would welcome views and suggestions on the following:

  • What localities or features do you believe should form a key focus of the project?
  • What issues of concern to you in the area might be addressed or mitigated by a Landscape Partnership Scheme?
  • Do you have suggestions for projects which could deliver for the 3 main outcomes above (Heritage, People, Communities)? We would be pleased to discuss these with you.

If you wish to comment on our outline proposals, propose projects or are able to confirm your support for the proposed Central Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme, please submit these by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by post to the Central Rivers Initiative Manager at The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford ST17 0WT. 

 

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