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£2.8 million National Lottery Investment in the Nene Valley

Nenescape: Revealing the hidden stories of the Nene Valley

The past, present and future importance of the River Nene between Peterborough and Northampton will be highlighted by an earmarked grant of £2.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced today. The grant is part of the  Landscape Partnership (LP) programme. Through a series of projects, Nenescape aims to achieve a well-managed, understood and appreciated landscape that tells tales of times gone by; inspires a sense of adventure; is easy to explore; rich in wildlife, and resilient to the pressures of on-going population growth.

HLF Staff With Romans At NVR
HLF staff meet representatives of the partnership at Nene Valley Railway

Development funding of £208,300 has also been awarded to help the partnership progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

This success is the culmination of two years' work by many partner organisations to put together a scheme of projects across the Nene Valley that will build knowledge and understanding of the landscape and its history, improve the visitor experience through improved access and interpretation to heritage sites, and reduce the threats to and negative impacts on heritage.  Projects will include interpretation and improved access to historically significant sites, restoration of important wildlife sites, and will create better connections between sites.  Over the next few years there will be many opportunities for the local community to be involved in shaping the projects and learning new skills.

Clare Freeman, Head of Landscape said: "We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. This Nene Valley's heritage is at risk from changing land use and population growth, this support will allow us to work proactively to protect and enhance the natural and cultural heritage in Nene Park as part of the project area.  I would particularly like to thank Nene Valley Railway, Nene Valley Archaeological Trust and the Cycle West group who met with HLF officers on their last visit to show the great potential for local projects". 

Explaining the importance of HLF's support, Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: "Rich in wildlife and important heritage, the Nene Valley already attracts nearly two million visitors a year. It's also an area that is seeing large-scale changes with new developments and population growth. This National Lottery investment will support a wide range of organisations to work together and help more people explore the fascinating hidden stories and beauty of the Nene Valley."