The Tame Valley Wetlands (Landscape Partnership) Scheme is a large, landscape-scale scheme with local people, waterways, heritage and wildlife at its heart.
Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and organisations on the Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership, the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme (TVWLPS) will be delivered between 2014 and 2018.
The scheme covers an area of 104 km² (10,350 hectares to be precise!) in the Tame Valley, following the River Tame between Birmingham and Tamworth, in North Warwickshire and south-east Staffordshire.
In 2014, the Partnership was awarded £1.7 million by HLF to deliver a £2.5 million scheme (with full funding still to be secured). We’d love to hear from local businesses, organisations and charitable trusts with potential funding that might help us reach our goals.
With funding from partners and HLF, detailed development and consultation work was carried out to fine tune the scheme. This culminated in a second round application to HLF in December 2013, which included the production of a Landscape Conservation Action Plan – a detailed plan for the scheme and the Partnership’s ‘mandate for the landscape’.
To create a wetland landscape, rich in wildlife and accessible to all. This will be achieved by taking a landscape-scale approach to restoring, conserving and reconnecting the physical and cultural landscape of the Tame Valley. By re-engaging local communities with the landscape and its rich heritage, a sense of ownership, understanding and pride will be nurtured to ensure a lasting legacy of restoration and conservation.
To achieve this vision, four aims have been identified, which reflect the four themes of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Landscape Partnership funding stream, as well as the overarching aims of the Partnership.
The four principal aims are to:
- Conserve, enhance and restore built and natural heritage features in order to improve the fragmented and degraded landscape of the Tame Valley. Emphasis will be given to linear features such as the River Tame and its floodplain, the canal corridor and historic hedgerows.
- Reconnect the local community with the Tame Valley landscape and its heritage by engaging and involving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with their local green spaces, sites of heritage interest and the conservation and restoration of these places. Emphasis will be given to engaging hard-to-reach groups, community-led initiatives and delivering events and activities.
- Improve access and learning for local people – both physical access on and between sites and intellectual access on and off site through a range of resources. This includes development of the ‘Tame Way’, themed trails, and a Gateway to the Tame Valley interpretation centre and website.
- Provide training opportunities for local people by offering taster sessions, short courses, award schemes and certificates in a range of heritage and conservation topics, in order to increase the skill and knowledge levels within the local population and provide a lasting legacy.
In order to meet these four aims, we will achieve a variety of SMART objectives. Meeting these aims and objectives will ensure that the scheme reaches its targets and produces the following 10 key outputs:
- 2 historic Grade II listed structures restored.
- 50 hectares of wetland habitat created / enhanced.
- 5 Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) / endangered species protected.
- 1,000 metres of historic hedgerows restored or re-planted.
- 1,000 metres of river or canal bank re-naturalised.
- 3 local groups established / supported, plus a series of working groups set up.
- 1,000 school children, 500 members of the public and 200 young people engaged and inspired.
- Promotion of the Tame Way long distance footpath and creation of 5 new circular walks, a phone app and a new interactive website.
- Delivery of 150 taster days and events and activities where 1,000 people will learn about their local heritage.
- 65 local people formally trained, gaining accreditation through OCN and City & Guilds qualifications (plus one, two-year apprentice position).
You can find out more about the landscape and the scheme by downloading the following (low-res) sections of the main scheme document – the Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP):
Section 0 – Executive Summary and Introduction
Section 1 – Understanding the TVWLPS Area
Section 2 – Statement of Significance
Section 3 – Risks and Opportunities
Section 4 – Aims and Objectives
Section 5 – Development of the Programmes
Once the scheme gets underway we’ll be adding to the website with lots more information on the programmes and projects that we’ll be delivering. This information can be found in more detail in Sections 6-8 of the LCAP (not currently available online).