In November 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund approved a £3m funding application from the Central Rivers Initiative partnership to undertake a range of projects within the Trent valley, from the south of Derby to Rugeley in Staffordshire.
The ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ scheme will include the restoration of river valley landscape features; creation wildlife habitats such as reed beds, wet pastures and woodland; and accessibility improvements for recreation.
LUC will collect spatial information to build a comprehensive atlas of the project area. The atlas will allow the overview and examination of the factors that influence the landscape. It will also act as an evidence base for the development, delivery and monitoring of individual projects.
This is the first time that spatial data has been stitched together across the area regardless of administrative boundaries. Creating this data compendium will aid in the identification of opportunities and potential conflicts.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is leading on the detailed development of the scheme. A partnership made up of 20 organisations are gathering data, engaging consultants and undertaking consultations. This process will form the knowledge base from which a landscape partnership scheme will be built.