National event to be held in Dearne Valley

23 March 2017

More than 70 environmental and heritage specialists from across the country are travelling to the Dearne Valley next week for a national event.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) is hosting the event at Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley on 29th March.

The one-day networking event will be the UK’s largest gathering of landscape partnerships to date. Landscape partnerships are a national programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund that put heritage and environmental conservation at the heart of regeneration – in both rural and urban locations.

Local, regional and national organisations work together to make a real difference to landscapes and communities for the long-term. They do this by conserving habitats at landscape-scale, promoting joined-up management, reviving long-lost skills and much more.

Delegates will come together to share best practice and approaches to the work of landscape partnerships through a series of talks, open discussions and informal networking.

Speakers include Chris Falconer, programme manager for landscape partnerships at the Heritage Lottery Fund, Donna Marshall from Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, just south of Glasgow, and Marion Jones from Rusland Horizons Landscape Partnership in Cumbria.

Richard King, manager of the DVLP will introduce the day, talk about the work of the DVLP and provide background on Elsecar Heritage Centre where the event is being held.

The DVLP is a five-year scheme running until June 2019, in which Barnsley Council is the lead partner. The DVLP focuses on the historic buildings and landscapes of the Dearne Valley and works with local communities to protect, preserve and enhance the area.

Richard King, development manager at the DVLP, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming colleagues from across the country to Elsecar to provide a rare chance to share ideas and experiences. We’ve been surprised at how the event has snowballed from a small informal event to one that is now bringing people to the Dearne Valley from as far away as the Orkney Islands and the Isle of Wight.

“We’re delighted to have organised the event and it is great to see so many people coming to the Dearne Valley and, in particular, to Elsecar Heritage Centre. The day gives those attending the opportunity to network with others in their field and to discover how each landscape partnership is working to benefit local communities right across the UK. It is also a chance for us to showcase the Dearne Valley to the rest of the country.”

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

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Notes to editor

Photograph shows Richard King, development manager at the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership.

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

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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 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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