Plans afoot in Upper Derwent Valley woodlands

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Tuesday 9 August 2005

9 August 2005

Plans afoot in Upper Derwent Valley woodlands

A blueprint for the future of the Upper Derwent Valley Woodlands is being drawn up over the next few months following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

From August 2005 to March 2006 work is being carried out to assess how best to conserve and restore the native woodland, improve access for the public and help visitors learn about the unique natural and cultural heritage of the area.

The £48,200 grant from HLF will enable this assessment to take place. The project is also being supported by Working Woodlands Ltd, Severn Trent Water, National Trust, Forestry Commission and the Peak District National Park Authority.

The project planning work will be delivered by ECUS Ltd, the Environmental Consultancy arm of the University of Sheffield.

Ted Talbot of Working Woodlands Ltd who heads the Partnership said, "It's shaping up to be an exciting project - the Upper Derwent Valley Woodlands are an important part of the Peak District that must be carefully managed if the native woodland is to be restored. Alongside the conservation work, improved access to the area and helping visitors learn about the woodlands are vital in ensuring everyone can enjoy and appreciate this beautiful landscape."

The potential for developing traditional woodland crafts training and activities in the area will also be evaluated. As part of the "Wood Train" initiative, a series of pilot craft courses will be run in the Upper Derwent during autumn 2005 and spring 2006. Topics will include hurdle making, pole lathe turning and basket making - starting with a taster day on September 4. Those interested should contact Julie Slinn, or tel: 01433 620373 for more information.

Drawing up the project plans will involve consultation with interested groups and local communities. If any person or organisation would like to be consulted they should contact Morag Brandon at ECUS Ltd, tel: 0114 266 9292.

The plans will be finished by the end of March 2006. This information will then be used to guide future funding bids for financial support to carry out the work across the Upper Derwent Woodlands.

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