DerwentWISE “inspiring and enabling us all to care for the Lower Derwent Valley”
In September 2013 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave the go ahead for the Lower Derwent Valley Landscape Partnership – DerwentWISE.
This £2.5 million five year project aims to inspire people to learn about and take care of the landscape of the Lower Derwent Valley.
The framework of the DerwentWISE Landscape Partnership Scheme is formed on the Lower Derwent Valley Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP). This is an all embracing document which analyses the landscape, assesses the problems and makes a case for investing in an area which we all know as very special indeed.
The Partnership is led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and includes Natural England; Derbyshire County Council; English Heritage; National Stone Centre; Fleet Arts; The Arkwright Society; Environment Agency; Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Forestry Commission; Derby City Council; Amber Valley CVS; University of Derby and Amber Valley Borough Council; supported by the National Farmers Union.
In total the Scheme is delivering over 60 projects which fall into the four HLF themes:
- Conserving and restoring features of natural and cultural historic importance within the landscape
- Increasing community participation in local heritage in the area
- Increasing access to and learning about the landscape and its heritage
- Increasing training opportunities in traditional heritage skills
Throughout the programme we will be looking to recruit volunteers to assist in projects, as well as provide learning and training opportunities – from family activities to accredited training in conservation skills.
We have a range of projects suitable for a variety of skills and interests:
- Conserving and enhancing our meadows and ancient woodlands
- Restoring and managing historical buildings and landscapes
- Surveying historical sites and archaeological digs
- Learning about the heritage, ecology and geology of the area
- Training in traditional landscape management techniques such as hedge laying and dry stone walling
- Teaching local history or knowledge
- Leading or stewarding guided tours and walks
If you are interested in volunteering please see how to get involved for more information on volunteer projects.
If you are a land owner/manager and want to find out how the Scheme relates to you please contact us for an informal chat.
The DerwentWISE Landscape Partnership Area
The DerwentWISE area is located in the centre of Derbyshire within the Districts of Derbyshire Dales, Amber Valley with a very small area within Erewash.
Broadly it extends from Matlock Bath in the north to the Silk Mill in Derby to the south.
The area largely corresponds with the buffer zone of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) which extends for 15 miles (24km) between Derby and Matlock.
While the mills of the World Heritage Site are globally recognised little recognition has been given to the value of the wider landscape, such as its internationally important ancient woodlands, pre-industrial archaeology, diverse geology or species-rich meadows. The project will involve the public, particularly local communities and landowners in improving and maintaining their landscape
This area has been defined as being critical in maintaining the setting of the DVMWHS.