£1.7m bid to improve ancient landscapes and woodland

A £1.7 million bid to improve the Lower Derwent Valley has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The DerwentWISE 
partnership, led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, has applied for the funding as part of a £2.45 million, five-year project.

The project focuses on the landscape around the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, including Belper, where the factory system began at the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Director of Living Landscapes Matthew Croney said: “While the World Heritage Site is now globally recognised, less attention has been given to the heritage importance of the wider landscape, which includes internationally important ancient woodlands and archaeological sites which date from way before the mills of the industrial revolution.

“As a result, it has been slowly deteriorating, often due to unintended damage or neglect. Through this project, we are sure that we can make a real difference so that this living landscape can thrive once again.”

If the bid is successful the scheme will start in October and will see 64 projects around the area.