DerwentWISE - the Lower Derwent Valley Living Landscape Partnership Project

The DerwentWISE partnership was awarded £1.767 million lottery funding in September 2013.

For more information on the DerwentWISE Landscape Conservation Partnership please take a look at the project's new website for information on projects, training opportunities, events, grants and more! 

The Lower Derwent Valley contains some fascinating features from both a landscape and heritage perspective. Ancient woodlands, pre-industrial archaeology and an industrial World Heritage Site all rub shoulders to create wonderfully diverse area. This new project will aim to preserve these important habitats and get communities and landowners more involved with their local landscape.

The funding will support a five year, £2.5 million project which will protect and enhance this special landscape, in and around the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. The project area will stretch 75 square miles from Bonsall and Matlock Bath in the north right down to Derby’s Silk Mill in the south. DerwentWISE will offer a wide range of landscape and heritage management and restoration opportunities.

The Partnership is led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust alongside Derbyshire County Council, Natural England, The Environment Agency, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Partnership, English Heritage, The National Stone Centre, Fleet Arts, The Arkwright Society, The Forestry Commission, Derby City Council and The National Farmers Union. In addition, during the application process we have recruited four new partners: Amber Valley CVS, Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and the University of Derby.

If you would like to attend any of the DerwentWISE events or the Discovery Days, you can find out more information on the Derwent Valley Mills website here.

Use the links on the left to find out more about how we developed the project and what it aims to achieve. If you would like any further information please contact Tania Pells on or 01773 881188.