SRWT is the lead partner in the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership, co-ordinating the work of more than 20 partner organisations towards a common vision.
The Partnership has been made possible by a grant of £2.6m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with matched funding from our core partners to deliver a £3.4m package of partnership projects conserving and celebrating the natural, built and cultural heritage of north-west Sheffield.
In the 1950s, a Sheffield bus company, drawing inspiration from the area’s numerous reservoirs, established tours to visit the ‘Sheffield Lakeland’. Inspired by the boldness of that vision we have brought the name ‘Sheffield Lakeland’ back to life through the Partnership.
Sheffield Lakeland is much loved, but valued by different people for different reasons. Some “values” are well understood – its aesthetic beauty, its farming and forestry and its recreational opportunities for example. Others are highly valued by special interest groups, such as its internationally protected wildlife, industrial heritage and distinctive culture.
However, some aspects of Sheffield Lakeland’s ecosystem services are only just starting to be understood – such as the landscape’s capacity to offer flood protection through natural flood management, the benefits access to the landscape offers for our mental and physical well-being and the landscape’s capacity to mitigate or help us adapt to climate change.
Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership will build a shared understanding of the multiple ways in which the landscape is valuable and will take action to record, manage and protect these for the future. We believe that:
By working in partnership and at a landscape scale we are better able to address the challenges and conflicts that arise between the different values placed on the landscape.
By acting together now, we will realise our vision of “a more natural and resilient Sheffield Lakeland landscape for everyone to value, enjoy, understand and feel part of”.
Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership is managed by Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, working together with Yorkshire Water, Sheffield City Council, Bradfield Parish Council, Stocksbridge Town Council, Natural England, the Environment Agency, South Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Sheffield United Community Foundation and representatives of landowners and local access groups. Many more organisations will come together to contribute and deliver projects over the lifetime of the Partnership.
What Sheffield Lakeland means to me
People in Sheffield don’t understand how important the rivers were, Sheffield wouldn’t be here without them.
Keep in touch with the development of the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership and follow our progress: