Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership expands team to push forward plans

23 January 2017

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) has appointed a new member of staff to help deliver its ambitious plans.

Claire Farley has joined the team as a project support assistant and will work with the rest of the DVLP team to deliver projects designed to protect, preserve and enhance the local environment.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is a five-year project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The programme aims to work with local communities on a huge range of different projects, all of which support the protection and management of the Dearne Valley’s rich built, cultural and natural heritage.

Claire joins the DVLP, based at Elsecar Heritage Centre, with previous experience gained from working at the North Yorkshire County Records Office, for North Yorkshire County Council’s Public Rights of Way team and for The Disabilities Trust.

Since relocating to South Yorkshire and becoming a resident of the Dearne Valley, Claire has gained experience in various administrative roles, including recruitment, compliance and safeguarding. As part of the DVLP team, she will support the community officers as they deliver projects across South Yorkshire to help people explore, enjoy and engage with their local heritage.

Sally Gawthorpe, previously project support assistant, has been promoted to the role of community officer and will work on community, heritage and environmental projects over the next two years.

The DVLP’s future plans include an extensive woodlands project, which is aimed at showcasing natural heritage and biodiversity and will include lots of events and activities to help people reconnect with their local woodlands.

A large-scale archaeological study, works to improve footpaths and access at Barnsley Main Colliery and a signposting project which will see 25 new interpretation boards installed across the Dearne Valley, are also in the pipeline.

Last year, the DVLP carried out extensive work to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oaks Disaster, which claimed the lives of 383 men and boys in Barnsley.

A large-scale reptile survey collected a record amount of data to help ensure the creatures are protected and preserved, and a community grants scheme, which will remain open for applications until 2019, is helping communities in the Dearne Valley access funding to deliver heritage projects which are most important to them.

Since being awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of almost £1.8m in 2014, the DVLP has grown from a single member to a team of five. The five-year scheme ends in June 2019.

Claire said: “I’m delighted to join the DVLP at what is an exciting time for the partnership as it reaches its halfway point.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the experienced team and assisting them in their vital work across the beautiful Dearne Valley.”

DVLP development manager Richard King said: “We are very pleased to have Claire on board and are confident her skills and experience will be of huge benefit to the partnership.

“We already have a number of important projects planned over the coming months and Claire will work closely with our community officers to help deliver these activities.

“By growing our team we can work with more local groups to restore and protect listed buildings and key environmental sites and highlight the importance of the Dearne Valley landscape through a broad range of community projects.”

The DVLP is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.


Notes to editor

Photograph shows Claire Farley.

For more information about the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, contact Sally Gawthorpe on 01226 772131or

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) is a five-year scheme, running until June 2019 focusing on the historic buildings and landscapes of the Dearne Valley, working with the local communities to protect, preserve and enhance the area. The DVLP is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund with a grant of almost £1.8m. For more information visit

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Thanks to National Lottery players, we 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. @heritagelottery @HLFYandH

The lead partner of the DVLP 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 hosted by Barnsley Museums and based at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

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