Project Aims

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DerwentWISE will involve the public, particularly local communities and landowners in improving and maintaining this lovely landscape.

While the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site is globally recognised, little recognition has been given to the value of the wider landscape, such as its internationally important ancient woodlands, pre-industrial archaeology, diverse geology or species-rich meadows. From a landscape perspective this area is almost a microcosm of the Derbyshire landscape, extending from the limestone plateau in the north, through ash woodland on the steep limestone slopes and then opening out into settled farmland and riverside meadows in the south. It also includes one of the largest concentrations of ancient woodland in England. Download a map of the project area.

DerwentWISE will involve the public, particularly local communities and landowners in improving and maintaining this landscape.

The Landscape Partnership aims to safeguard and restore this unique landscape by:

  • Restoring, linking and extending habitats and geological sites.
  • Ensuring that the character of the wider landscape, which includes walls, hedgerows and ancient trees, is protected and enhanced.
  • Improving access to and better interpretation of heritage sites and features.
  • Promoting public engagement by ensuring that communities feel proud of their landscape and ensure they are equipped to be involved with its long-term care.

The project will achieve these aims by:

  • Identifying and engaging with owners of priority sites and features, providing advice, training and access to funding.
  • Carrying out a 'Heritage at Risk' audit of both built heritage features, in order to make recommendations for their conservation, and the skills of volunteers, to make any necessary improvements.
  • Delivering a programme of community engagement and arts activities to increase public involvement, understanding of the landscape and to increase access to information about the valley.
  • Delivering a programme of education activities with schools, twinning urban and rural areas.
  • Developing a 'Forest Schools' programme.
  • Providing heritage skills training based at Derbyshire's new Eco Centre.

During the development period we needed to create ideas for projects which cover HLF’s four themes of:

  • Conservation of built and natural heritage.
  • Community participation.
  • Access and learning.
  • Heritage skill training.