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Derbyshire beauty spots to benefit from grant to improve understanding of local mining legacy.

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Flowers in Rose End Meadow Nature Reserve, Roy SmithRose End Meadow Nature Reserve, Roy Smith

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has secured a grant worth more than £19,000 from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund through the Derbyshire Environmental Trust; a fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across Derbyshire.

The Mining & Botanical Legacy project at Gang Mine and Rose End Meadows Nature Reserves will provide information about the area’s rich lead mining history and how it has affected the biodiversity of the area. By creating pond dipping areas and providing new interpretation and seating, it is hoped that casual visitors as well as local schoolchildren will learn more about the local environment and how historic industrial practices have shaped the landscape. The project has support from local schools who use the reserves for educational visits, and local groups who would like the rich legacy of the site made more widely available.

Project manager Julia Gow said “Both these wonderful Nature Reserves have a fascinating history and are absolutely full of flowers. I think that this project will help more people enjoy these wonderful places.”

Graheme Fyles, estates manager at Tarmac, said “We're delighted to have been able to provide funding to this project which will provide so many benefits to the local community. Engaging with and supporting the communities in which we operate is something we strive to do across our business and this was a great opportunity to support a worthwhile initiative.'