In order to complete the stage 2 application we needed some input from you the general public…
We carried out extensive consultation with local people, businesses and communities in the Lower Derwent Valley. Amongst other things, this has included: focus groups; events for farmers, woodland managers and landowners; interviews with youth groups and young adults; and questionnaires in schools and online. Our attendance at events throughout the region like Belper Fun day and Cromford Craft Fair gave us the opportunity to talk to the many diverse groups of people with an interest in the area, from local residents to visiting tourists. Based on the feedback we have received, and the specialist studies that have been undertaken, we have developed a programme of projects to be delivered covering the four key themes: conserving and restoring, community engagement, access and learning and training.
The top priorities for respondents were nature sites and ancient woodlands, while others defined the landscape through its built and industrial heritage. There was also enthusiasm for community involvement. Reflecting this we have created projects that not only increase biodiversity and improve landscape management, but also get locals involved in the projects right from the start.
For example, projects like Heritage at Risk and Get Skilled for DerwentWISE will offer training programmes giving people the knowledge and confidence to undertake conservation projects themselves, and teach volunteers how to undertake surveys and assessments of known heritage assets in their community. Participatory arts projects will bring ‘dry’ subjects to life – the Sedimentation project concentrates on the unique geology of the area, but by using and teaching craft techniques it will engage a wide variety of age and interest groups.
Projects like this form the basis of the Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP), the foundation on which the DerwentWISE bid is built.
If you were one of the many people who responded to the questionnaire, attended an event or enquired about the project, many thanks for your support and interest to date – we couldn’t do it without you.
Submitting the application
In August 2011 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave approval to the Lower Derwent Valley Partnership to submit an application for a landscape scale rehabilitation initiative along the Lower Derwent Valley.
“On 24th May 2013 the Stage 2 application was finally made to the HLF, for £1,767,000 in grant funding, as part of a £2.45 million scheme. This is the culmination of almost five years work.
The majority of the application is based on the 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. You can access the LCAP document below.
The LCAP was compiled by the scheme development officer Kevin Mann and colleagues at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust; however, it is a collaborative document with significant contributions from other partners.
In addition to the LCAP document there are links to the four project summary documents which you can also view. These show the exciting range of projects which we will be undertaking; they are split into the four themes identified by HLF.
In September 2013 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave approval for the DerwentWISE five year project to go ahead.
DerwentWISE would like to thank every organisation and individual who have/has committed time towards helping or providing much needed information and support – be it attending a consultation event, filling in and submitting a questionnaire, contributing to or putting forward project ideas. Without your support this application couldn’t have happened.”
Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP)
Programme A – Conserving or Restoring
Programme B – Community Engagement
Programme C – Access and Interpretation
Programme D – Training and Learning