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 £3 million 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 (CRI) as part of its ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ partnership project led by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
The 18-month 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 initial approval through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.
Julian Woolford, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “This is fantastic news and we were delighted to hear that our application has been successful.
“This funding will allow us to focus on work on part of the county’s most treasured landscape and heritage, and will be a huge benefit to communities, organisations and crucially, wildlife.
“We are now looking forward to getting started with work on the ground and making a real difference to such an important part of our area.”
Julia Jessel, Chairman of the CRI, said: “This is very exciting news and now means the CRI can deliver its long-term vision for the benefit of all.
“The success of our bid is also testament to the huge effort made by everyone involved. I am extremely proud to have the privilege of being the chairman of this partnership.”
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 Scheme 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.