Working to preserve, protect and enhance the Dearne Valley
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Welcome to the first

DVLP Newsletter


Hello and welcome to the first ever DVLP Newsletter! Our newsletter will keep you up to date with the exciting work the DVLP is doing across the Dearne Valley. It's also a chance to find out about upcoming DVLP events or activities you can get involved in. After this introductory edition, keep an eye out for the next installment as we'll be sending it out on a monthly basis.

 About the DVLP:
The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) builds on over 10 years of work by a wide range of partners in the Dearne Valley area of South Yorkshire. It is an area of approximately 177 km2 covering parts of the boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

The DVLP is led by the Arts and Heritage Service at Barnsley Council, representing a broad partnership of the RSPB, Rotherham Council, Doncaster Council, the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Garganey Trust and Groundwork South Yorkshire, amongst others.  In June 2014 it was confirmed that it had been successful in securing £1.8m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This five-year scheme, which has been running from June 2014 will focus on the historic buildings and landscapes of the Dearne Valley, working with the local communities to protect, preserve and enhance the area.


Upcoming Event:
Reptile and Amphibian Day

Saturday 5th September 2015 at Elsecar Heritage Centre (10-3pm)

Free Family Discovery Day

Join local specialist John Newton to learn more about the reptiles and amphibians of the Dearne Valley and their exciting way of life!

Drop in sessions, talks and exhibits throughout the day 10-3pm, suitable for all ages and abilities. Come along to the visitors centre where you will be directed to the event.
Click here to visit our website for further event information

Year 1 Review

There’s still lots more to do, but as June 2015 marked our one year anniversary we’ve had the chance to reflect on some of the positive achievements the DVLP have accomplished in Year 1:
Our Glass exhibition – this was lead by the DVLP and it resulted in a high quality and popular exhibition that has raised the profile of the historic industry in the Dearne. The related pop-up exhibition is also continuing to tour around the area.
Wombwell Woods Take Over - this community focused event, working in partnerhsip with Creative Recovery, exceeded expectations in terms of the activities and number of people who attended.This has laid the groundwork for future events and we hope to deliver more in the coming years.
OPAL Project – working with the regional team of the national project has allowed the DVLP to develop various approaches to the “citizen science” surveys to involve the local community. This has resulted in a range of workshops and specialist survey events being delivered, with many more lined up for Year 2.


Beyond Daisies and Dandelions 

Workshop Update:

Tuesday 11th August saw members of the public take to the outdoors to participate in a Wildflower Identification event run in partnership with Sorby Naturalists at Elsecar Heritage Centre, one of many training events organised by the DVLP team. This event provided local people with an opportunity to explore the Dearne Valley environment and understand what species can be found in different habitats around them, promoting key aspects of the DVLP.

19 individuals; both beginners and those more familiar with wildflowers, came along for a 3 hour afternoon session involving a classroom style talk, followed by a stroll along the Trans Pennine Trail to identify wildflowers out in the field.

Michael Guy, from Sorby and Barnsley Biological Records Centre was the leader of this training event and provided lots of clear information, as well as guidebooks for all levels of expertise to take into the field and learn how to identify different wildflowers.

Click here to read the full workshop update on our website
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