DerwentWISE – The Lower Derwent Valley Living Landscape Partnership
There are already some great people that are making DerwentWISE a reality such as the partners and supporting members, the funder, the volunteers and local community groups.
The partnership was formed by a group of local and national bodies with an interest in the Derwent Valley and the vision to enhance and protect the landscape, architectural and cultural heritage of the area.
The partnership is led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and includes Natural England; Derbyshire County Council; English Heritage; National Stone Centre; Fleet Arts; Arkwright Society; Environment Agency; Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Forestry Commission; Derby City Council; Amber Valley Community Voluntary Service; University of Derby; Amber Valley Borough Council; and although not a full member the National Farmers Union is a supporting member.
The DerwentWISE Landscape Partnership is a £2.5 million project running over five years with the aim to get people engaged with the landscape and heritage of the lower Derwent Valley.
In September 2014 the Partnership secured £1.7 million of Heritage Lottery Funded money with the rest coming from the Partners and their Supporters.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been supporting living landscapes and other heritage projects since 1994. They are the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK – see other HLF funded landscape partnerships
As Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “Our countryside is a precious asset under ever-increasing pressure. HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme has gone from strength to strength, encouraging long-term partnerships and innovative ways of working. The result has been greater understanding, access and appreciation of our natural environment for the people living and working in and visiting these areas. We’re delighted to confirm our support for such an important scheme. This investment will leave a lasting legacy of landscape conservation and management.”
During the next five years DerwentWISE will be looking to recruit more individuals who can spare some time to get involved and help us to care for this special place.
There exists a network of local community groups within the Lower Derwent Valley who are already involved in the management and conservation of the landscape character and it’s heritage.
DerwentWISE aims to support the work of the groups by awarding grants towards new and existing projects with the hope that this great work is continued for many years to come.