Churnet Valley Living Landscape

Churnet Valley Living Landscape

Churnet Valley Living Landscapes

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape project aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the spectacular natural and built heritage of this area. Find out more here

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The Churnet Valley Living Landscape area is situated in North East Staffordshire and spans 49,000 acres. It includes the Weaver Hills, Ipstones Edge, Biddulph Moor, Consall and Rudyard. The project has received almost  £2million funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project received almost £2 million funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2012 for a four year programme of activities. Now the initial funding has ended, we are continuing to work on projects across the area focusing on improving, restoring and connecting biodiversity.

Ipstones Edge - Nature Reserve

By Andy Cope 

What is the Churnet Valley Living Landscape project?

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape project was a four-year scheme which aimed to conserve, enhance and celebrate the spectacular natural and built heritage of this area. 

The project was instigated because there were a number of pressures on the area which, if action was not taken, would of resulted in damage to or even loss of its special character. Low farming incomes, a decline in the condition of attractive features such as old bridges and dry stone walls, and a shortage of young people entering land management are just a few examples of the problems that faced the area. The aim of the CVLLP was to tackle these threats and reverse the rate of decline across the landscape.

For more information, visit the Churnet Valley Living Landscape project website, by clicking here.

Dry stone walling

How is this being achieved?

The initial funding has allowed us to carry out a great deal of conservation work, but the project continues. The priorities of the CVLL partnership can be divided into four main areas:

They are:
• Protecting our heritage and wildlife habitats by conserving, enhancing and connecting built and natural features
• Encouraging community participation and volunteers’ involvement in maintaining the landscape
• Increasing community awareness, knowledge of and access to the landscape
• Offering training in traditional skills and opportunities for economic diversification

A variety of projects are being undertaken by the project partners to contribute to one or more of these areas. The projects vary widely but they all contribute to the same goal: conserving, celebrating and engaging people in the beautiful landscape of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape area.

Wild flowers at Ipstones Edge

Want to get involved?

A regular group of volunteers helps to carry out practical work in the Churnet Valley on behalf of the project partners, such as drystone walling, Himalayan Balsam pulling, and step installation. Find out more.

Churnet Valley Volunteering

Funders

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation logo
Lottery Heritage Fund logo