2. River Valley Connections (RVC)

TTTV2 Interpretation Programme

Telling the story of the Trent Valley for all ages and backgrounds.

Project Summary

Across all of our projects, we are interpreting the story of the Trent Valley and presenting this through both physical installations and modern technology.

Information boards and artwork enable us to tell the story of key sites across the landscape and help to improve visitor experience. Utilising modern technology, we are providing information, videos and images virtually, and are creating an augmented reality experience with a touring mobile display.

The display materials will be made available to local museums beyond the end of the project. The newly-formed volunteer groups will continue to meet and care for the area beyond the end of this project.

The Augmented Reality deliverable will be maintained as part of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s 25-year vision for the Transforming the Trent Valley wetlands area.

Physical infrastructure will be maintained by the landowners into the future.

Useful Links

Walking

FootPathMap

Public Rights of Way

Derbyshire Mapping Portal
Derbyshire Public Rights of Way Reporting
Staffordshire Countryside Access & Public Rights of Way
Staffordshire Public Rights of Way Reporting

Walking and Rambler Groups

Ramblers Association
Walking for Health
Burton Rambling Club
Chase and District Group Ramblers
East Staffordshire Ramblers
Lichfield and District Ramblers (inc. Tamworth)
Mid-Staffordshire Ramblers Group
Uttoxeter Walking Club

Heritage

The Waterways Archive - Canal and River Trust
Britian from Above

Project Lead

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (Scheme Lead Partner)

Steven Cheshire
Senior Interpretation Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley

Transforming the Trent Valley

 
 
 
 
 

Interpretation Programme Blog

Interpretation Programme Outputs and Projects

Access Outputs
  • 5km footpaths/trails upgraded to accessible standard
  • 2.5km of new footpaths/trails to accessible standard
  • 10x locations for infrastructure to help people connect with nature
  • 5x new circular trails including 100x waymarkers
Participation and Learning Outputs
  • 8x guided walks
  • 2x volunteer groups meeting on site x100
  • Celebration event
  • 1x hub website
  • Walks leaflets and downloadable PDFs
  • Accessible Software (Augmented Reality Project and Virtual Walks)
  • 10x video recordings showing change over time
  • 1x travelling exhibition/mobile display
Volunteer Outputs
  • 20x volunteers supporting the work of TTTV2
Future Projects

Details of future projects to be delivered by Transforming the Trent Valley and its partners as part of the Interpretation Programme will be posted here soon.

Current Projects

Uttoxeter to Doveridge Family Trail
Working with Uttoxeter Town Council, Doveridge Parish Council, Staffordshire County Council Rights of Way, and local landowners.

Marston-on-Dove Circular Walk
Working with Uttoxeter Town Council, Doveridge Parish Council, Staffordshire County Council Rights of Way, and local landowners.

Willington Circular Walk
Working with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Canal and River Trust, Willington Parish Council, and others to create a new circular walk. This includes funding from Transforming the Trent Valley towards the creation of 250m of new all access track, improvements to 550m of existing footpaths to accessble standard and for the design and installation of two interpretation boards at Willington Nature Reserve to compliment the circular walk. Further footpath waymarking and interpretation will follow linking the canal network to Willington Nature Reserve.

Travelling Exhibition
Our travelling exhibition will tour the Transforming the Trent Valley Scheme area visiting museums, libraries, and other public spaces.

Travelling Exhibition

Pillbox Interpretation Board at the National Memorial Arboretum
Supporting our Stop! The Military Heritage of the Trent Valley project, we have been working with the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas to design and install a new interpretation board to be located next to an original Second World War Type 24 Pillbox located on the banks of the River Tame. The new interpretation board is expected to be installed in September 2021. For more information, visit our Type 24 Pillbox page.

Pillbox Interpretation Board at the National Memorial Arboretum

Virtual Walks
Working with a team of photography volunteers, we have started to create a series of virtual walks at key locations across the Transforming the Trent Valley scheme area. We are now about to start work on our third virtual walk between Uttoxeter and Doveridge.

Burton-upon-Trent History Tour
We have recently completed the filming of Lawrence Oates from Burton Conservation Volunteers as he takes us on a History Tour of Burton. The video footage will soon be edited and the final film made available on our webiste in due course.

Completed Projects

Tucklesholme Nature Reserve Virtual Walk
Thanks to the hard work of our photography volunteers, our first virtual walk is complete and can be viewed on our website here.

Branston Leas Nature Reserve Virtual Walk
Thanks to the hard work of our photography volunteers, our second virtual walk is complete and can be viewed on our website here.