Talk of the Trent

Discover more about the Transforming the Trent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme. Our blog posts are written by members of the Transforming the Trent Valley Team, scheme partners and volunteers.

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Latest Posts

Three Ways to be Kind. Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.

Join Nicola as she explains ways to practise kindness to yourself, others and #environment on this, the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. #kindnessmatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Transforming the Trent Valley; An Introduction (Year 1).

Scheme Manager Louise Morris provides and introduction to the scheme and its achievements during its first year.

Sunset over the River Trent at Barrow Upon Trent © 2020 Steven Cheshire (Transforming the Trent Valley).

Tales of the Riverbank.

We want to collect memories and stories of the River Trent and River Dove, the landscape and its people, but we need your help.

We want to hear your stories, experiences and reminiscences! This is your chance to have a go at some creative writing, and let us know about your lived experiences of the landscape. This could take any form – poetry, a short story, an interview, written or filmed pieces, spoken word, pictures, “stream of consciousness”, haikus, photos… the more creative the better!

Flood damage at Cherry Holme © 2020 Melanie Sanders(Transforming the Trent Valley)

The impacts of flooding in the Trent Valley.

Most of us will be aware that the UK has experienced excessive rainfall over the last six months. The Trent valley is no exception and has seen some of the highest ever recorded rainfall and river levels. October 2019 saw Storm Lorenzo sweep across the country. As the weather seemed to improve at the start of 2020, we saw the arrival of Storms Ciara and Dennis. To make matters worse, continued rainfall after both storms led to increased flooding of low lying land and roads across the catchment. Unsurprisingly, this has had significant impacts to our projects planned for this year.

Blue-tit © 2020 Andy Rouse/2020Vision (WildNet).

A Room with a View.

I am gazing out of the window of my new makeshift home office across the green in front of my house. A variety of flowers have started to poke their heads up to enjoy the watery April sunshine.

Starling. Photo © 2020 Mark Robinson (WildNet).

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

You might have seen that one of the projects running within the Transforming the Trent Valley scheme is the ‘Big Washlands Watch’, which is all about citizen science – engaging people with their local wildlife and teaching them how to identify species and submit biological records.

Talk of the Trent.

The variety of places my work takes me to is fantastic. Last week I was at the Shugborough Estate as a guest of the National Trust, to learn their system for carrying out Condition Surveys of archaeological sites and monuments.

Pillbox near Branston Golf Course. Photo © 2020 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Cultural Heritage Update.

The great thing about the Transforming the Trent Valley Partnership is the sheer variety of what we’re working to achieve. This means I’m constantly talking with my colleagues to see how our work crosses over and how, when these overlaps occur, we can work together and get even better results.

Stop Line No 5 Pillbox on the Clay Mills Canal Aqueduct. Photo © 2020 Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

"STOP!" Is starting.

Never was so much owed by so many, to so few as in the Battle of Britain. Today we take for granted the success of the young pilots of Spitfires and Hurricanes who stopped Hitler from ruling the sky so Nazi Germany could launch an invasion of Great Britain.