Improving the Trent Vale Landscape – [3 July 2008]

The Muskham Vale Heritage Group’s first external speaker meeting on Thursday 3 July 2008 led to fascinating discussions about how members want to improve the quality of life in Bathley, Cromwell, Holme, Langford, Little Carlton, South Muskham and North Muskham.

The invited speaker was Nic Wort, project manager of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership which is based in Newark. He was accompanied by the TVLP community development officer, Hester Kapur.

The TVLP covers 55 parishes from Newark to West Stockwith and, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be able to fund a wide variety of projects.

Mr Wort explained that the main programme areas are:

1 – “Habitats and heritage” to help restore historic buildings, revive traditional skills (such as willow working), provide community grants for small scale projects;

2 – “Living, working and relaxing in the Trent Vale” to create opportunities for people to learn how their forefathers survived and thrived;

3 – “The lost vale” to help publicise the fantastic villages and historical towns that could benefit from more tourism;

Ms Kapur then sparked a lively debate about what they would like the Muskham Vale Heritage Group to achieve in its first five years. The many ideas that were forthcoming will be immensely useful as the newly elected Committee plans future activities.

For further details about Trent Vale Landscape Partnership please visit:

www.ontrent.org.uk/youcando/trentvale