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Have your say on Upper Derwent woods’ future

This is an archived press release

Monday 13 March 2006

13 March 2006

Have your say on Upper Derwent woods’ future

Bark up the right tree and you can have your say on the possible future development of the beautiful Upper Derwent woodlands.

The Upper Derwent Valley Partnership has drawn up a draft plan for developing the area, looking at three key ways to improve the woodlands as a positive asset for conservation and enjoyment:

  • Conserving and restoring native trees, protecting wildlife, landscape and cultural heritage
  • Enhancing access for visitors (includes removing physical, social and cultural barriers, and education)
  • Training – providing skilled staff to support both woodland management and visitor facilities into the future.

Now the Partnership – which includes the Forestry Commission, National Trust, Severn Trent, Peak District National Park Authority and Working Woodlands Ltd – would welcome people’s comments (by March 31) to help finalise its proposals.

The Partnership drew up the draft plan after commissioning Sheffield University’s environmental consultancy ECUS Ltd to make recommendations. It met numerous interested parties, including environmental and user-groups, and local communities.

Upper Derwent Valley Partnership chair Ted Talbot, of Working Woodlands, said: “This could be a very exciting project, integrating native woodland conservation with enabling visitors to learn about and enjoy this beautiful landscape.

“The purpose of the draft management plan is to offer a range of possible ways to achieve this genuine enhancement of the area, and we would welcome a wide range of views.”

The research and consultation to this point have been made possible by a £48,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. But the plan could not be put into action without further funding, and the Partnership will be actively seeking this once the document is finalised.

The deadline for comments is March 31. You can request an electronic copy of the consultation document via e-mail, from morag.brandon@ecusltd.co.uk  or phone 0114 266 9292.

Copies of the full draft plans can be viewed from 17th March onwards by appointment at the Peak District National Park HQ, Aldern House, Bakewell (Customer Services 01629 816200) or the National Trust estate office, Edale End (Sophie Milner 01433 670368) or Losehill Hall, Castleton (Peter Spriggs 01433 620373).

Responses, in writing, should be sent to: Morag Brandon, ECUS Ltd, Endcliffe Holt, Sheffield, S10 3BQ.

This is an archived press release

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