Funded by the Green Challenge Recovery Fund, the Derwent Connections project is part of a programme that will see the creation of woodlands through River Derwent Catchment where in order to connect the National Forest near the south of the county to the Northern Forest initiatives.
What is the Derwent Connections Project all about?
The Derwent Connections project aims to reconnect the National Forest in South Derbyshire and the Norther Forest initiatives. This will help us to boost nature's recovery across Derbyshire whilst reconnecting landscapes across the midlands.
As part of this project the Trust will undertake flood risk modelling. To reduce flooding they will work with local communities to introduce nature-based solutions such as woodland creation and hedgerow planting. As woodland creation takes some time to have an effect on flood risk reduction, due to lag in time between tree planting and canopy creation, the project will deliver shorter time scale interventions, such as the construction of leaky woody dams in woodlands and on open ground, particularly in the uplands.
The big picture
Across England, ninety nature projects across have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 2,500 green jobs, all backed by the Government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
Work will be carried out on over 600 sites from North Northumberland to the tip of Cornwall, and combined with the first round, almost a million trees will be planted, contributing towards the Government’s commitment to treble tree planting rates across England by the end of this Parliament.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. Connecting people with nature is another priority theme: by increasing access to nature and greenspaces, projects will support both physical and mental wellbeing. The Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission. A full list of awards is available to view at: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/publications/green-recovery-challenge-fund-second-round-decisions-july-2021