Heritage shapes our identities and enriches the quality of our lives. Our heritage is our birth right, inherited from past generations, preserved in the present and bestowed to future generations to come.
By conserving or restoring the built and natural heritage of the Lower Derwent Valley we are helping to preserve this unique landscape.
The projects are loosely split into three areas; natural, landscape and cultural heritage, however many of the themes overlap and link the projects back together to aid in the overall conservation or restoration of the landscape and heritage features within the Lower Derwent Valley.
For example The Grazing Comes to Town Initiative which will introduce grazing to urban meadows as an effective management tool and to aid biodiversity. A community archaeological dig of Duffield Castle, the site of what was one of England’s largest medieval castles and one of Duffield’s best kept secrets.
Here at DerwentWISE we always welcome new participants to our landscape conservation programmes which involve crucial practical work on local wildlife sites throughout the lower Derwent Valley. Other opportunities will include training in surveying built features; an introduction to archaeology; and community digs.
The projects aim to:
- Improve and restore habitats such as woodlands, meadows and water bodies
- Create new habitats
- Improve historical built structures including dry stone walls and field barns
- Restore iconic views from historic buildings and places within the landscape and understand why these views are important