Central Rivers Initiative

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Revitalising and restoring the river valley from former quarries to beautiful places, teeming with wildlife.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

This scheme is a strategic gravel pit restoration project, which aims to provide green space and recreational areas in proximity to the large towns and cities of the central Midlands.

Our vision is to create and connect beautiful places where people can explore and enjoy water, landscape and wildlife, and to ensure that careful extraction and restoration of the area’s many sand and gravel quarries will leave a sustainable network of wildlife habitats, public amenities and agricultural land.

We also want to inspire and encourage landowners, communities and individuals to get involved in shaping their local landscape.

What’s happening?

We are working with partners to restore and revitalise the river valley between Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth - an area of central England that covers over 50 square miles.

By taking a co-ordinated approach for gravel pit restoration and other land uses we're working closely with the aggregate industry to restore worked areas as effectively as possible.


Start date: 1997

Scheme area: 9,600 hectares

This scheme is also...

Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, improving access for people, providing recreational opportunities, encouraging green tourism.


Natural England, Environment Agency, Defra, Local Authorities, RSPB, The National Forest, National Memorial Arboretum, Lafarge, Hanson, Aggregate Industries.

To find out more

Email: info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk | Tel: 01889 880100 | Central Rivers Initiative



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