The Central Rivers Initiative (CRI) is a  broad based partnership representing key interests who are working together to shape and guide the progressive restoration and revitalisation of the river valley between Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth - an area of central England that covers over 50 square km.


Our vision is 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, public amenities and agricultural land. We also want to inspire and encourage landowners, communities and individuals to get involved in shaping their local landscape.

 

CRI was established in the late 1990’s in order to take a coordinated approach to the planning issues affecting the Trent and Tame valley and to start developing a vision for the whole region. The partners include Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, National Forest Company, RSPB, gravel quarrying companies, Natural England and local authorities.

The Central Rivers area is already becoming a significant tourist destination. The National Memorial Arboretum, Barton Marina and Waterfront, Tamworth Castle Pleasure Grounds, Trent Washlands in Burton plus Middleton Lakes and Croxall Lakes nature reserves are just a few of the 20 plus attractions in the Central Rivers area  providing a stimulating destination for local communities, tourists and businesses alike.

 

 



 

 

 


 

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