About Us

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 of the area's many sand and gravel quarries will leave a sustainable network of wildlife habitats, public amenities and agricultural land.

Aims:

The CRI vision will be achieved by working with partners to provide:

  1. A regionally recognised place that people are proud of, involved with, access and enjoy.
  2. An attractive landscape, focussed on rivers and the lakes formed from restored gravel pits, with natural resources and high quality development supporting a thriving and sustainable economy.
  3. A wildlife-rich landscape with extensive wetlands, healthy rivers and sustainable mixed farming.
  4. Appropriate recreational and business activities that work in harmony with each other and the landscape.
  5. Co-ordination in the restoration of gravel quarries to achieve most benefit.
  6. Increased awareness, understanding and participation in the wildlife, heritage and potential of the landscape

 

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.

Andrew Hearle, Manager

With over 28 years experience working in the environment sector, Andrew has a keen interest in working at the landscape scale to achieve a high quality environment which works for people as well as for wildlife. Andrew works with the Project Board, numerous public and private organisations, landowners and many others to achieve the CRI's aims and vision.  Contact Andrew on 07792559926.


Julia Jessel, Chair

Julia has wide experience in both the public and private sectors, including serving as an elected member on both Lichfield District and East Staffordshire Borough Council for 15 years each and in working as the chairman of the North Staffordshire Health Authority. Julia is committed to working towards CRI's aims of creating and connecting beautiful places where people can explore and enjoy water, landscape and wildlife.

 

CRI has a Project Board of organisations who have each contributed towards the cost of a  Manager and which meets quarterly to steer the project. Its members currently are:

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