Landscape partnership shortlisted for prestigious community award

16 November 2017

A South Yorkshire landscape partnership has been recognised nationally for its community work in the Dearne Valley.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP), which works with groups to protect, preserve and enhance the heritage and environment of the area, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Community Involvement category at the 2018 LGC Awards.

The lead partner of the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is Barnsley Council with a partnership that includes Rotherham and Doncaster Councils, the RSPB, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Garganey Trust and Groundwork South Yorkshire.

The awards, run by Local Government Chronicle, are the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on 21 March 2018.

Nearly 100 organisations have been shortlisted as finalists in the coveted awards, which recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery.

The community involvement category awards projects and schemes that are shaping council thinking, contributing to service design and improvement and responding to continuing resource pressures. The DVLP has been recognised for its work in supporting the community in delivering a range of restoration, survey, land management, research, learning, arts and archaeology projects. This has helped strengthen the confidence and pride in the area.

Ahead of the awards, the DVLP will undertake presentations and be interviewed by an expert judging panel made up of senior local government figures in January.

Richard King, Manager of the DVLP, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted in the LGC Awards, we feel this is great recognition not just for us but all the individuals and groups we work with. Our funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, enables us to work across parts of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham in new exciting ways. Everything we do is free of charge for people to take part in, encouraging as many people to learn, enjoy and take part in all our work.”

The high quality of this year’s entries demonstrates local government’s enthusiasm to innovate in an era in which councils’ budgets have been cut. The awards seek to identify and recognise local government’s greatest innovators, whose achievements are often under reported.

With budgets at the forefront of priorities, it is even more important this year to shine a spotlight on the achievements of those councils whose pioneering best practice can inspire other councils to improve services.

LGC editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows a council service is among the country’s most innovative, and doing the most to support the needs of local residents as councils face continuing budget cuts. We should salute the council officers and councillors doing the most to ensure our vital public services thrive in the era of austerity.”

Winners of the LGC Awards will be announced on 21 March 2018 at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane. The ceremony will be attended by 1,100 people from local government and its partner organisations. The full list of finalists can be found at awards.lgcplus.com

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is a five-year scheme, running until June 2019, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project team, based at Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is made of five people working on a range of environmental, heritage and community projects.

For more information on the DVLP, visit: www.discoverdearne.org.uk

 

Notes to editor

Media contact: Charlotte Goldthorpe at Capital B Media on 01226 766900 or at charlotte@capitalbmedia.co.uk

Attached image shows Richard King from the DVLP

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership

The lead partner of the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is Barnsley Council with a partnership that includes Rotherham and Doncaster Councils, the RSPB, Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Garganey Trust and Groundwork South Yorkshire. The DVLP is part of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Services and is based at Elsecar Heritage Centre. www.discoverdearne.org.uk

 

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery @HLFYandH

 

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk.

 

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