Wicksteed Park to discuss the future of the Valley
23 Feb 2009
The Revital-ISE project which aims to revive the River Ise and its surrounding environment and increase community involvement has held its first partner workshop event at Wicksteed Park. The aim of this meeting was to discuss the type of project needed to revive the Ise Valley. Organisations such as: Natural England, English Heritage, The Wildlife Trust, Kettering Borough Council, Borough Council of Wellingborough, Environment Agency and River Nene Regional Park were some of the 14 involved in the discussions.
A wide range of projects were discussed including creating an 'Ise Valley Way' from Wellingborough to the sources of the Ise near Kelmarsh and Naseby, restoration of the historic environment around Kettering, and improvements to Sites of Special Scientific Interest along the valley. As well as large scale projects, smaller more community based projects were identified such as increasing the number of schools in 'Trout in the classroom' next year, 'Rivercare' schemes for Kettering and Wellingborough, and improvements to the Pocket Parks at Kettering, Burton Latimer and Desborough.
The partners also heard about the projects current in progress which include habitat and river improvements at the Wildlife Trust's Tailby meadow, Trout in the classroom, restoration of the water meadows and Castle Field at Wicksteed Park, a Green Infrastructure study of the Ise Valley in Kettering and the creation of circular walks around Desborough.
Any organisations or groups who have projects within the Ise Valley which they think could link with Revital-ISE project please contact the Project Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01604-237243.
Dr Robin Field, Revital-ISE Project Officer, River Nene Regional Park
Tel: 01604 237243
Notes to editors
The Revital-ISE project provides an outstanding opportunity for partnership working between landowners, land managers, local authorities, Government Agencies, environmental groups, and local communities to re-establish a high quality environment throughout the Ise Valley that meets the needs of a 21st century community. The Revital-ISE project officer post is funded for two years by the Environment Agency and hosted by the River Nene Regional Park.
The River Nene Regional Park (RNRP)
RNRP is a Community Investment Company that is hosted by Northamptonshire County Council and can hold assets and land on behalf of the community. It is an independent organisation that was constituted under the framework of the Treasury's Green Book and is recognised as a Treasury model for the environment in relation to sustainable growth area funding delivery..
"By 2016 the RNRP partnership will be 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 sustainable development, addressing 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 and cultural activity, and as a primary vehicle of economic regeneration."