Transforming the Trent Valley awarded £2.7 million National Lottery Funding

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A revitalised landscape of wildlife-rich waterways and wetlands is being made possible thanks to the Transforming the Trent Valley project successfully securing a grant of £2.7m from the National Lottery.

A revitalised landscape of wildlife-rich waterways and wetlands is being made possible thanks to the Transforming the Trent Valley project successfully securing a grant of £2.7m from the National Lottery.

The Transforming the Trent Valley project is a partnership of 18 organisations, including Lichfield District Council, working together to restore and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the Trent Valley, with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust - the county’s largest nature conservation charity - at the helm.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Transforming the Trent Valley scheme aims to reconnect people with the rivers and floodplains of the area, increase their appreciation for the local heritage, and involve them in decision-making about the future use of the landscape.

The scheme will undertake a wide range of environmental, cultural and community-led projects within the Trent, Tame and Dove river valleys, covering some 200 square kilometres from Uttoxeter to Tamworth and including the river valleys within or near to the main city of Lichfield and towns of Burton, Rugeley and Derby.

Projects will include river restoration, improved access to explore hard-to-reach areas, and creating ways to reconnect communities with their natural heritage. They also include making the landscape more accessible - footpaths and cycling paths for instance, encouraging communities to learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of the Trent Valley and improving connectivity in the landscape for wildlife. That will be achieved by re-naturalising stretches of the river which have been engineered and creating new habitats for wildlife to thrive.

The partnership programme was successful in 2016 for a first stage Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to deliver a wide range of projects aimed at reconnecting communities to the Trent Valley area.

The second stage of the project can now begin after an application to HLF for a grant of £2.7million was successful. The total value of the project is £4.7million.

Published: 16 January 2019