The beginning of November marks the start of Nenescape, a five-year Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme. Hosted by River Nene Regional Park, the project will work with 11 partners to complete 16 projects along the River Nene from Northampton to Peterborough, working to explore the identity of the Nene Valley and explore how past industries have shaped the landscape and the communities that live in the area.
Having received a development grant of £208,000 in November 2015, the partnership worked to write detailed plans over 18 months and the second stage bid of a further £2.6million was approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund this autumn. Through the development stage, the team gathered support and aspirations from a wide range of organisations in the area, as well as members of the public, including farmers, anglers and boaters to inform how the project advances.
Nenescape’s launch will be celebrated on 14 November with a performance of a specially commissioned piece of music, ‘Nene’. Written by celebrated composer Benjamin Till from Higham Ferrers, the piece explores the landmarks, history and flow of the river from source to sea and will be performed by a 500-strong choir and 200-strong orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth proms. Performances will also take place in Peterborough and Northampton in March 2018.
Under the three themes of Listen to the Past, Explore the Now and Secure the Future, sixteen projects will celebrate natural and built heritage, promote the area as a visitor destination and care for the landscape to improve its resilience. Members of the public will be able to see and get involved with several projects thanks to National Lottery players.
Running alongside and supporting all the projects is a programme of volunteering opportunities, both with the Nenescape team and its partners, as well as a community grants scheme and a plan to improve access to and from the river itself. Nenescape welcomes involvement from anyone with interest in the wildlife, heritage and landscape of the Nene Valley who would like to contribute as a volunteer. Please visit the website www.nenescape.org to see a list of all projects or contact Alison Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.