Welcom to Transforming the Trent Valley

A £4.7m project for the Trent Valley in Staffordshire and Derbyshire

A revitalised and treasured landscape of wildlife-rich waterways and wetlands is being made possible thanks to the ‘Transforming the Trent Valley’ scheme successfully securing a grant of £2.7m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in December 2018. This combined with match funding brings the total value of the scheme to £4.7million.

Transforming the Trent Valley is a partnership project of 18 organisations working together to restore and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the Trent Valley, with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at the helm.

Discover more of the Trent Valley landscape in our photo gallery.

We are Transforming the Trent Valley

Connecting Communities through Action

Transforming the Landscape

River Valley Connections

Natural Capital of the Trent Valley

Natural capital is the resources (water, soil etc) provided by our natural environment.

To find opportunities to restore nature, we need to understand what natural resources we have and where within the Transforming the Trent Valley study area. Explore the natural resources and economic benefits that nature provides.

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High Sheriff’s Tour of the Trent Valley

From Biddulph to Burton: touring the Trent Valley through Staffordshire

Through June and July 2021, James Friend, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, will be touring along the River Trent as it flows through the county. The High Sheriff will walk, cycle and paddle the Trent raising money for The Community Foundation.

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Take Part

Remembering My Childhood Memories

Do you or have you lived within the Transforming the Trent Valley Scheme area? Perhaps you spent your childhood living in Rugeley, Alrewas, Fradley, Barton-under-Needwood, Hopwas, Burton-upon-Trent, Uttoxeter or Rocester?

What games did you play? Where did you explore?

We would love to hear and share your stories as part of our Tales from the Riverbank (CCA06) project.

There are many more ways to take part in this project. Find out more here.


Burton Washlands: A Landscape Vision

East Staffordshire Borough Council, in partnership with the Environment AgencyStaffordshire Wildlife Trust and other public and private sector partners, has launched a new shared Landscape Vision for the future of the Washlands.

Through our natural heritage project, known as Living Floodplains (TL01), we will help to deliver some of this wider vision.

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Type 24 Pillbox: Stop Line Number 5

Pillboxes in the Transforming the Trent Valley landscape were part of Stop Line Number 5, a network of defensive emplacements that used the rivers Trent, Tame and Dove to provide a natural barrier to invading forces.

Through our project called Stop! The Military Heritage of the Trent Valley (TL04), local volunteers will carry out recording and condition surveys of these structures and develop proposals for their long term monitoring and management.

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Cherry Holme

A natural river island restored for wildlife

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Events and Activities

From guided walks to illustrated talks, Wildfamilies Discover and Wildlings playgroup sessions, discover more about the Trent Valley.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to help us in a number of specific roles. You can read more about what these roles entail by clicking the links below. New opportunities are often coming up, so do keep checking back to see if anything interests you.

Wildlife Recording Volunteer
Posted 7th April 2021

Living Landscapes (Practical Land Management) Transforming Lives Trainee
Posted 7th April 2021


Type 24 Pillbox: Stop Line Number 5

Pillboxes in the Transforming the Trent Valley landscape were part of Stop Line Number 5, a network of these defensive emplacements that used the rivers Trent, Tame and Dove to provide a natural barrier to invading forces.

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One foot forward

Taking steps towards improving your mental and physical wellbeing

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Latest News

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news, views and information about Transforming The Trent Valley via our news and blog pages.

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Community Grants

We are encouraging community groups to plan and deliver projects within the scheme area which will benefit the natural, cultural and built heritage of the area.

These projects might include building a wildlife area in a school garden, creating an arts trail along the River Trent, restoring part of a historic building or putting on an event to enable children to explore the great outdoors.

The deadline for the next round of applications is 29th June 2022.

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Community Grant Updates

Latest news about projects that have received a community grant from Transforming the Trent Valley.


In May 2019, we officially launched the Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership scheme. Many thanks to Aimee Booth, who shot and edited this video as part of the launch.

In November 2016, the Central Rivers Initiative partnership successfully secured a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for £256,300 to develop an ambitious scheme focusing on the River Trent and its tributaries the Tame and the Dove. Over 18 months the partnership undertook a large number of studies and consultations aimed at better understanding the need and the opportunities within this location.

The scheme will undertake a wide range of environmental, cultural and community-led projects within the Trent, Tame and Dove river valleys covering some 200 square kilometers from Uttoxeter to Tamworth and including the river valleys within or near to the main towns of Burton, Rugeley, Lichfield and Derby. Projects will include river restoration, improved access to explore hard-to-reach areas, and creating ways to reconnect communities with their natural heritage.

The final application made in August 2018 was given the green light in December 2018, bringing the total grant offered by he National Lottery Heritage Fund up to just under £3m. The total value of the project is £4.7 million.

Work will begin on the scheme in April 2019 and will last for 5 years.

The River Trent in Staffordshire and Derbyshire has been a site of human settlement and industry for thousands of years. The third longest river in the UK has long been important for defence, navigation and natural resources.

Romans once marched through the valley and evidence can be seen in the roads which still network the landscape today. The village of Repton, in Derbyshire, was the Saxon Royal capital of the ancient country of Mercia, and Vikings brought terror to the Anglo-Saxons when they invaded in 873AD, leaving their mark in the place names of towns and villages. Burton was once a religious site for pilgrimage and healing, and since became famous for beer brewing, thanks to the unique waters that flow through the rich mineral deposits under our feet.

Today, although still largely rural, the landscape is scattered with old mills and factories. It is pock-marked by quarries, and fragmented by new development. It is a landscape that has continually changed and evolved through time and it is continuing to change today.

We recognise that over the next 25 years the landscape will increasingly come under pressure. New developments are planned across the Midlands, High Speed Rail is set to scythe the landscape, and increased pressure for building materials means that new quarries must be opened.

There is a need to both recognise and value the cultural and natural heritage of the Trent Valley and to consult on the physical changes that will come from development, industry and climate change. The next five years are important to this landscape, and there are huge opportunities to influence and implement change.

We have developed a scheme that draws on the opportunity to create positive change for wildlife, heritage and communities. By working together and by liaising with the people affected, we will deliver a range of projects that will enhance the environment, support communities, and improve access.

We will help those working to protect our cultural and natural heritage. We will encourage participation and volunteering, offer educational and training opportunities for young people, and provide the chance for individuals to make a difference. We will improve access to the countryside and encourage people to think about how they move around the landscape. We will work on the ground to benefit the river and habitats by delivering projects that will help to protect, preserve and enhance our most valuable landscape features.

This lottery funding will give us the keys to help create a more robust and attractive landscape for local people and visiting tourists to enjoy, as well as restoring characteristic river valley features such as meandering river channels, water meadows and waterside trees.

Local communities will also benefit as the scheme will involve improving accessibility to the area on foot, cycle and horseback with new opportunities for exploring local history, wildlife, as well as for recreation and sport.

Louise Morris Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership Manager


This is very exciting news and now means the CRI can deliver its long-term vision for the benefit of all.

The success of our bid is also testament to the huge effort made by everyone involved. I am extremely proud to have the privilege of being the chairman of this partnership.

Garry Jones Chairman of the Central Rivers Initiative