Habitats and Heritage

This programme has a focus on the natural and built landscape and the communities who live in it.

Trent Vale Landscape Partnership has contributed to the restoration of a gravel quarry into a stunning new nature reserveOld Willow Works, Beckingham, in floods of 1947. Photograph sent in by Freda Proudley

Trent Vale Landscape Partnership is providing opportunities for local communities and farmers to work together and understand more about their landscape. We are all working together to identify, support and conserve key natural and heritage features.

Habitats and Heritage Projects

Old Willow Works Heritage Centre

This building is a traditional, Victorian two storey former willow works which was used for drying and preparing willow for manufacture – an industry that once employed thousands in Trent Vale. It is located on the flood plain at Beckingham near Gainsborough.

The project is fully converting the building in an environmentally sensitive way. It will become a community heritage centre, providing exhibition and interpretation areas, and office space for the Trent Vale team and the local community.

Habitats and Heritage on the Farm

The theme for this project is about increasing the amount of wildlife habitats in the Trent Vale so that a greater diversity of species can thrive here. In particular we are working towards traditional grazing to increase the area of meadow in the Vale, but we are also working closely with farmers and landowners to create and enhance a whole range of priority habitats. The project also includes a farmers grant scheme, training for farmers, and restoration of key agricultural features.

Heritage in your Community

Working with local communities we are supporting projects that deliver heritage and biodiversity conservation in the Trent Vale area. This includes community archaeology and fieldwalking, exploring local customs, legends and myths and landscape mapping. There is a community grant scheme for groups to carry out conservation or heritage projects within their community.

Revealing the Riverbank

Training local volunteers, this project is unearthing lost and forgotten heritage along the banks of the River Trent. It involves recording the location and condition of features such as bridge abutments, remnant walls, clapper gates, historic crossing points and other built structures. The work is undertaken by experienced community archaeologists leading volunteer groups. This is providing baseline data for work being undertaken within other projects. The information will be used in mapping the visible riverside heritage of Trent Vale which will be used to check levels of improvement or deterioration in future years. Volunteer Riverbank Wardens will carry out periodic reviews of key features in the future.

Improved river habitats

Working with local landowners, nature conservation groups and local angling societies we are improving river habitats. This will include enhancement to some areas (e.g. fish passes at weirs) and creation of new habitats and fish refuges providing a variety of habitats.