The River Nene Regional Park is an independent Community Interest Company that delivers sustainable outcomes through partnership working in response to the aspirations of local communities. We lead on a range of projects related to environmental restoration, amenity improvements and awareness raising. We work across the entire Nene Valley from Daventry to Peterborough, taking in the towns of Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough and the rural areas in between. This is an independent not for profit organisation that is able to hold assets on behalf of the community. It has to meet certain standards and produce an annual Community Report.
Since the inception of the River Nene Regional Park in 2004 over £25 million pounds has been secured for ongoing investment in this area.
Some of the River Nene Regional Park projects include the award-winning Tree Top Way at Salcey Forest, the innovative facilities at Stanwick Lakes and Top Lodge at Fineshade Woods. Funding is also being invested into community projects through various grant programs focussing on areas and issues identified by the local community. All of these projects are bringing about change on the ground and enhancing the environmental assets that we already have as well as improving access to natural spaces and understanding of the pressures that our environment faces.
Working with a wide partnership of organisations the River Nene Regional Park is in a strong position to deliver projects around its core themes which include:
- Project conception through shared decision making
- A centre of excellence for environmental initiatives and partnership working
- A champion for Green Infrastructure across the region
Climate change adaptation and mitigation
Nenescape Landscape Partnership
In November, 2017, River Nene Regional Park secured a £2.6 million investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to begin a five-year Landscape Partnership project. Communities and visitors along the River Nene will benefit from 16 projects delivered by 11 partners, providing opportunities for local people to develop skills, improve access to the water, restore wetland and wildlife habitats, uncover and celebrate the area’s history and develop tourism.
Our vision is a healthy and resilient River Nene, where the local wildlife prospers alongside agricultural and recreational activities.
Our goal is for River Nene Regional Park to become an independent, inclusive, reciprocal and beneficial partnership of public, private and third sector members. It will be nationally and internationally recognised as the centre of excellence for the piloting, co-ordination and delivery of regional sustainability initiatives. It will address strategic issues such as climate change, the enhancement of local biodiversity and the innovative development of the environment as an asset for social development, education, leisure & recreation, heritage & cultural activity, and as a primary vehicle of economic regeneration.