'Transforming the Trent Valley’ Landscape Partnership Scheme – Update

7 November 2016

'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 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 decision-making about the future use and management of the landscape.

The Landscape Partnership 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 18months will help to shape and define a range of projects. The Partnership will be contacting local heritage groups as well as local communities within the scheme area to take on board their views and aspirations for the Trent Valley and to help inform the design and delivery of the scheme's emerging projects.


30 August 2016

HLF (West Midlands) has visited the proposed Scheme area to meet partners and members of local community groups and to see at first hand some of the proposed projects which form part of the application for HLF funding. The visit enabled the Partnership to explain to HLF in more detail the heritage, people and community issues that the proposed scheme is looking to address. We were also able to emphasise the need for a Landscape Partnership Scheme now in order to build resilient landscapes in the face of increasing development pressure and to take forward opportunities arising from mineral site restoration scheduled over the next 5-10 years for the revitalisation of the landscape and its local communities.

The information and experiences gained from their visit will inform HLF's assessment of the proposed scheme and their decision on the application due in late October 2016.


31 May 2016

The application for the proposed 'Transforming the Trent Valley' Landscape Partnership Scheme has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund. A copy of the application and supporting information is available from the downloads section of this website or can be obtained directly from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

HLF will assess the application in the next four months before it is considered by HLF's Trustees at their meeting in October 2016 for a final decision after which we will be informed whether the application has been successful.

9 May 2016

A final drafting of the application text has been prepared along with detailed costings for the Development and Delivery phases of the proposed LPS which are being compiled and reviewed by the LPS Working Group ready for submission to HLF by the deadline of 1 June 2016.

This submission to HLF will include a report of the public responses to the questionnaire on Survey Monkey. Please record your views about the proposed LPS using the Survey Monkey link www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CRI2016 if you haven't already done so.

4 April 2016

A local community consultation event will take place at the Village Hall, Barton-Under-Needwood on Tuesday 5 April from 4pm until 8pm.

17 March 2016

A revised vision for the Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme was developed at the Partner workshop held on 10 March 2016, as follows:

'Transforming the Trent Valley will celebrate the waterways, industries and the communities that are the life-force of this rapidly evolving river valley landscape and which have shaped and continue to influence its form and use. Wildlife-rich rivers, waterways and wetlands will be at the heart of a re-vitalised, resilient and beautiful landscape that is connected and accessible for local communities and visitors to enjoy and explore as well as providing many opportunities to inspire and re-connect people to the river valley by revealing its cultural, industrial and natural heritage.

8 March 2016

Further local community consultation events will take place on Monday 21 March at Uttoxeter Library between 12noon and 4pm and also on Thursday 24 March at Burton Library between 2pm and 6pm.


2 March 2016

The CRI will be promoting the proposed LPS and seeking local community views on the proposed scheme at the forthcoming Craft Fair to be held at The Wolseley Centre on the weekend of 5 & 6 March.


17 February 2016

A workshop for potential Scheme partners is being hosted by CRI on 10 March 2016 to be held at Whitemoor Lakes Activity Centre. The main purpose of the workshop is firstly to share thinking about the proposed Scheme vision and aims, and secondly to generate project proposals and a commitment from partners to develop and deliver these projects as well as to secure match funding for their delivery. If you think this might be a workshop for you and would like to know more details please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8 February 2016

Have your say......We would like to know your views about the proposed HLF bid for a Landscape Partnership Scheme and in particular where you think project money should be spent, assuming that the application is successful. Please take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey which is found by using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CRI2016

25 January 2016

The project team is having discussions with Derbyshire County Council and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to clarify the extent of the proposed LPS boundary within Derbyshire. The boundary will be determined by the extent of the Landscape Character Type ‘Riverside Meadows’ and by the location of projects that will help achieve the LPS vision.


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