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Together is better

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership of twenty organisations, led by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, works at a landscape scale, conserving and enhancing the wildlife and built heritage of the Churnet Valley.

The initial five years, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has improved team-working across the valley and created a fresh understanding of what landscape scale collaboration means.

It has given partner organisations a wider vision. This is an exciting legacy for the Churnet Valley.

'We need to recognise the importance of landscape scale approaches to the environment … we’ve got to continue, to make things happen and we’ve got to be radical and inspirational'

'I’ve been surprised by the way in which the partnership has come together … we’ve seen some fantastic cross-pollination projects.'

'I want the Churnet Valley to be recognised right across the UK. I want when people say "I went to the Churnet Valley", someone replies "It’s nice there, isn’t it?"'

'It’s a really exciting time for conservation … this move towards landscape scale conservation and enjoyment of heritage is a sea change.'

Coombes Valley open day

CVLLP induction walk

It’s about people getting on together, about understanding each other’s ways of working. That can only be good for the valley.

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Steve Wood describing the perspective one of the smaller organisations in the Partnership

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Keith Tomkins, the Project Manager, talking about the future