Strategic Partnerships in River Corridors (SPARC)
19 Mar 2009
The SPARC (Strategic Partnerships in River Corridors) project promotes the idea of strategic partnerships in river corridors. Nine projects across seven European countries are carrying out projects that demonstrate partnership working in river corridors to improve nature, culture, history and regeneration.
Projects that are being delivered by the River Nene Regional Park as part of the SPARC project include the innovative Environment Character and Green Infrastructure Suite, a series of interactive maps that enable people to find out about the environment, and opportunities to enhance it. Changes in the Nene Valley are also happening as part of the project. The area between Wellingborough Embankment and Summer Leys Nature Reserve will be made accessible through the development of a 'greenway', for cyclists and walkers to get from the town into the rural heart of the Nene Valley. A study is proposed for the River Nene between Wellingborough and Wansford, looking at how the area is used for access, recreation, and economic uses. This information helps to plan for a sustainable future for the Nene Valley, providing benefits for people, nature and the economy.
Experiences from these projects, and from other projects being carried out by our partner organisations across Europe, are shared through seminars that include talks and visits to project sites. These seminars mean that ideas can be shared beyond each country's boundaries.
On the 10-12th September, the River Nene Regional Park welcomed partner organisations from across Europe to Northamptonshire, to learn more about green infrastructure, wetland creation, and the way that the River Nene Regional Park plans and delivers a wide range of environmental projects. This culminated in the "Growth Challenge" event on September 12th showcasing the work that RNRP have delivered since its inception. The event was chaired by Tomorrows World presenter Phillipa Forester and attracted delegates from throughout the East Midlands region and beyond.
SPARC Magazine [6.1Mb]