The OnTrent Initiative

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The OnTrent Initiative is a broad-ranging scheme to conserve and enhance the rich natural and historic heritage along the River Trent – making a better habitat for wildlife and a better environment for people to enjoy.

A major partnership project to benefit wildlife and people along the Trent Valley

Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire Wildlife Trusts


The vision is to secure a sustainable balance between the valley’s biodiversity and culture, and agriculture, commerce and development.

The initiative aims to create a rich mosaic of linked wetland habitats along the river, to promote environmentally sustainable recreation and tourism, and to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, mineral extraction and building.

Through working with organisations and land managers, it will promote the value of wetlands and, where appropriate, help to re-establish natural processes in the floodplain.


What’s happening?

We aim to:

Create a rich diversity of linked wetland habitats along the Trent and its tributaries.

Encourage the adoption of sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, mineral extraction, building development, water management and energy.

Enable people to connect with, understand and benefit from rivers and wetlands.

Conserve, interpret and research the historic environment of the river valley.

Encourage sustainable recreation and tourism.

Work with organisations and land managers to promote the value of wetlands and where appropriate the re-establishment of natural processes in floodplains.


Start date: 2000

Scheme area: 257,000 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Crowle Moor NNR, Messingham Sand Quarry SSSI, Epworth Turbary SSSI,
Langholme Wood, Scotton Common SSSI,
Haxey Turbary SSSI, Misson Carr, Tresswell Wood, Spalford Warren,
Besthorpe, Attenborough Gravel Pits, Willington Gravel Pits


Current threats to the landscape

Flood control, drainage, agricultural improvement, mineral extraction, development, canalisation and fragmentation

This scheme is also...

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


Natural England, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, RSPB, local authorities, Central Rivers Initiative, Tarmac, LaFarge, NFU, county councils, English Heritage, Severn Trent Water

To find out more

Email: | Tel: 01889 880100 | The OnTrent Initiative  


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