Led by River Nene Regional Park, Resilient River is a project which aims to select around 5 sites along the Nene Valley for improvement. Specifically focussing away from the main navigation channel to improve backwaters and meanders will provide safe and supportive habitats for fish and eel populations to breed. In turn this will support a greater range of wildlife along the river and opportunities for the public to see how rivers can be cared for.
Building Bridges has been piloted in other regions of the United Kingdom; as a Nenescape partner we are providing research and developing the project, aiming to encourage the integration of different communities through angling. We hope to share and celebrate the history of fishing in the Nene Valley; to help anglers to understand fishing practices and laws and to improve communication between anglers so they can share experiences.
To find out more visit the Angling Trust website or watch the videos below.
Investing in Skills plans to provide a programme that can offer the most effective training and education for the sustainability of the projects and the communities they impact, as well as providing support for people working within the scheme by developing skills and opportunities to access professional development and higher level qualifications.
Training grants within this programme have been developed though consultations with our wider partners who highlighted key training needs amongst volunteer groups.
The University of Northampton is a designated Changemaker campus and as such provides a key outlet for students of multiple disciplines to engage with heritage and the Nene Valley in a unique way and Nenescape can help meet the need for students to access a variety of ‘on site’ work experience.
Nene Park Trust has a long-standing record for investing in trainees and apprenticeships and the large estate can offer access to a mixture of natural conservation opportunities as well as Roman archaeology, the former estate of Milton family, the ferry bridge and the Nene Valley Railway on their doorstep. Therefore, Nene Park Trust have offered to host apprenticeship places to support the training need in the area. In addition, Rockingham Forest Trust at Stanwick Lakes will also provide some onsite opportunities for these apprenticeships to broaden their experience of heritage management.
Farming for the Future intends to offer grants and support to encourage the restoration and creation of meadows and wetlands alongside the river. These margins will provide a haven for wildflowers and wildlife and will help to provide a buffer between river and land by soaking up water from the river and absorbing pollutants from farmland.
Grazing animals will be kept away from the riverbank which will also help to improve water quality whilst the trees and hedges will provide habitats for fish and insects in the river. There is a grants scheme to aid landowners in making improvements.
River Nene Regional Park will be working with the Wildlife Trust and local farmers to deliver this and the Nenescape team will help create some exciting ways to find out about the history of haymaking and the memories of farming traditions along the Nene. Watch the video below for more information.
If you're a landowner or farmer in the Nene Valley and interested in making environmental improvements to the land you look after or helping the public understand the work you do, please click here to find out more about applying for a grant.