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“Vision of the Valley” Exhibition Tour 

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Wed 22 Jun 2016

On Sunday 12 June at Tittesworth Reservoir the eagerly awaited photographic exhibition “Vision of the Valley” was launched. This stunning exhibition celebrates the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) 4 year Heritage Lottery funded project in pictures. Karen Bradley MP, Alan Taylor from the Heritage Lottery Fund and James Sells CVLLP Chair were all in attendance at the Wild About Water event, where families also enjoyed activities such as bushcraft, willow weaving, bug hunting and river dipping.

To give as many residents and visitors as possible a chance to see the “Vision of the Valley” exhibition, it will go on tour over the summer, displaying at several events and locations in the valley. So please take the opportunity to see some of the fantastic work done by the CVLLP partners and volunteers at the venues below:Photo of Vision of the Valley launch - June 2016

Churnet Valley Railway “Anything Goes 2016” - Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.

A weekend of trains with the varied home fleet running and the possibility of a surprise or two. Also a chance to visit the newly opened Leekbrook Station. First trains to leave Froghall at 10:30am and Cheddleton at 10:32am.

RSPB Nature Reserve Coombes Valley “Hay Day” - Saturday 2 July, 12-4pm.

Enjoy everything hay meadows! With wild flower walks, family crafts, pond dipping and scything demonstrations.

Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust “Froghall Canals Funday” - Sunday 17 July, 11-4pm.

Celebrating the waterways of the Churnet Valley, take a trip through the Froghall tunnel aboard narrow boat Beatrice, discover more about the project to restore the Uttoxeter Canal and go WOW-Wild Over Waterways –FREE Children’s Activities.

The last leg of the exhibition’s journey will be at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Wolseley Centre from Saturday 23 July and finally from Friday 12 August at JCB in Rocester.

Photo: Vision of the Valley Launch - left to right Karen Bradley MP, Alan Taylor (HLF), James Sells (Chair CVLLP) and Keith Tomkins (Project Manager CVLLP).

Further Information

  • The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced support of £1.89 million for the Churnet Valley through HLF's Landscape Partnership (LP) programme in March 2012.  Work on the ground started October 2012.
  • The programme has funding until 2016 to deliver a portfolio of projects run by local organisations and community groups to create long term environmental and social benefits for the area. 
  • The Churnet Valley Living Landscape is 190km2 of North Staffordshire bordered to the North by the Peak District National Park, to the south and west by the Churnet catchment area and to the east by the River Dove floodplain. 
  • Grant funding advice is available for local community groups. Contact Sally Bentley  Sally.Bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or on 01538 381356.

The Partnership consists of a number of organisations, each with specific interest in the heritage of the valley, now collaborating with a shared vision.  

For more information please contact Keith Tomkins (projects) at k.tomkins@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or on 01538 381356.