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£1.8 Million Project Secures 'Heart' of Dearne Valley

Wednesday August 8 2012

A PROJECT that will promote the landscape and hidden histories of the Dearne Valley has secured lottery funding.

Barnsley Council has been earmarked £1,882,000 to develop the Dearne Valley Green Heart Landscape Partnership.

The cash will be spent on conservation and improvements of key heritage, archaeological and environmental features as well as running community workshops, events and talks.

Better cycle routes, footpaths and themed routed might also be created

A spokesman said: "Across the valley floor area there is a chain of wetlands, marshlands and ancient woodlands that are home to many species of birds and wildlife.

"The valley was a centre of coal mining in South Yorkshire which has had a clear impact on the landscape of the valley. Mining subsidence has created a series of ings (water meadows and marshes) and many of the former spoil heaps have been regenerated, creating a distinctive “reclaimed” landscape.

"The priority over the next 18 months is to work with the local community to develop the five-year programme further."

Coun Linda Burgess said RSPB Old Moor demonstrates the potential for the area, attracting over 100,000 visitors every year.

"It is opportunities like this that can be built on, encouraging more visitors into the area, providing people with a chance to learn new skills, making more people aware of the area and protecting the precious heritage and environment.”

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Reply Posted by jon on Wednesday August 8 2012 at 13:53
Surely we should be bulldozing sites like this to build houses and industrial estates. Isn't that what the council is all about?

Reply Posted by Dave on Wednesday August 8 2012 at 21:03
go back to sleep jon

Reply Posted by Lee Burkinshaw on Wednesday August 8 2012 at 21:06
what a waste of money surely we should be spending on stuff to help the community like helping create jobs for the many people out of work help with training and also to help redevelop the community to make it better for the people living in it instead of letting it decline. The Council problem is they say the need to save money but they go and spend it on stuff that is not necessary instead of looking at the bigger picture and trying to help the economy.

Reply Posted by king louis on Saturday August 11 2012 at 11:10
This is lottery funding and must be used for what it's gifted for....if not it will go back to the Camalot and be re-distributed to London....and used to offer cheaper Opera tickets...I say we accept it and use it!

Reply Posted by andy on Saturday August 11 2012 at 11:58
If one penny of this money goes on anything to do with providing the transient traveller site at Darfield the council should be ashamed. !