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Turning over a new leaf in the Upper Derwent Valley

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Wednesday 31 January 2007

31 January 2007

Turning over a new leaf in the Upper Derwent Valley

Forests in one of the Peak District’s premier beauty spots are being managed jointly for the first time by three major landowners.

Landowners Severn Trent Water, the National Trust and Forestry Commission have got together to co-ordinate forestry management in the Upper Derwent Valley as a direct result of a plan drawn up with the help of local people.

The Upper Derwent Valley Woodland Regeneration Plan provides a framework for the conservation and restoration of the native woodland, drawing on ideas from residents, regular users and parish councils and community groups.

The plan – made possible with the help of a £48,200 Heritage Lottery Fund project planning grant  – was commissioned by the Peak District National Park Authority, Working Woodlands Ltd, National Trust, Forestry Commission and Severn Trent Water, who also contributed funds and work in kind.

Ted Talbot, of Working Woodlands Ltd, who led the partnership, said: “The Upper Derwent Valley Woodlands are an important part of the Peak District, and we are very pleased that their conservation will be carefully managed under this joint approach as a result of the plan.”

Aside from woodland management, the plan also provides a blueprint for improvements for visitors and training – enabling more people to understand and appreciate the woodlands – ready to be put into action when resources become available.

It was produced by ECUS Ltd, the environmental consultancy arm of the University of Sheffield. Although the 250-page report cannot be sent to all respondents, it is available online at: www.workingwoodlands.info/udv.php or on the national park’s website, www.peakdistrict.gov.uk (click on Looking After, Countryside Plans, Derwent Management Plan).

This is an archived press release

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