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Living Landscapes

Restore, recreate, reconnect

A Living Landscape is our bold new approach to nature conservation. We are working with local businesses, landowners, communities and individuals on large-scale habitat restoration and enhancement which will create a healthier environment for wildlife, the local economy and people.

Across the UK, Wildlife Trusts are joining forces and linking up with partners to create Living Landscapes. This is the most ambitious wildlife conservation programme ever undertaken in Britain. It will restore wildlife habitats by reparing and joining up damaged and fragmented blocks of woodland, meadows and marhses. It will reconnect a countryside made richer in wildlife with the pockets of wildness in our cities, towns and villages. It aims to rebuild the natural world and make it more robust so that it can cope with future environmental threats and changes.

A Living Landscape means the revival of the land we love, and of people's love for the land where they live. It is the embodiment of 'joined-up' conservation because it has people and communities at its heart; it has links to access, heritage, history and the economy; and abundant opportunities for active learning.

We have eight Living Landscape schemes in the county: Derwent Valley, Dove Valley, Erewash Valley, Limestone Dales and Wye (White Peak), Linacre and Northern Peak Fringe, Rose End Meadows and Carsington Grassland, Rother and Doe Lea, and Transforming the Trent Valley.