The Steel Valley Project (SVP) was successful in bidding for £211,313 of LEADER funding from the East Peak Innovation Partnership, (EPIP) to deliver the Added Value Project.
The Added Value Project ran from December 2009 to June 2011 and allowed the SVP to employ and resource an Environmental Project Officer to operate in Penistone and Denby Dale as well as support staff operating in North Sheffield.
This projects objective was to work with landowners, local authorities and community groups to deliver the themes of the EPIP programme in the areas of Denby Dale, Penistone and North Sheffield. This included:
· Ensuring a quality well, managed natural environment linked to communities.
· Access and development of the countryside, tourism, culture and heritage.
· Support and development of local rural economy.
· Adding value to the environment and landscape.
This was achieved by the development of an imaginative programme based on the themes outlined above with the objective of enabling projects through additional support. To this end the SVP was able to fill this niche relatively quickly thanks to the experience and expertise of SVP staff.
This programme delivery was targeted at: managing green spaces for nature, landscape and people; enhanced public access on green spaces and the wider countryside; protecting and restoring heritage features; maximising en situ interpretation and education opportunities; delivering community events open to the public; providing training and volunteering opportunities to groups and individuals.
Sites included public and private ownership such as schools, local authorities, estates, businesses, parish councils and community groups. Practical and capital works were achieved through the SVP combining; contractor management, providing staff and volunteer trainees from the SVP core team and supporting volunteers from local groups and communities.
An extensive amount of staff time and other resources where put in to enable the stakeholders to realise their projects by providing; project management support, helping develop funding bids, logistics, health and safety systems, specialist skills, training, knowledge and equipment.
Community events and projects were also supported by the SVP providing insurance cover, publicity, expertise and supervision.
Targets were agreed with EPIP for set periods and all targets were over achieved thanks to the staffing levels available to develop and deliver projects with stake holders. These outputs have been included in the table below to show what has been accomplished.
You can download a copy of the complete Added Value report here
and a document containing a set of photos from the project here
Feedback from partners
Huge thanks for the work at Cannon Hall completed today, it looks fantastic!
Well done to all at Steel Valley for carrying out this work in such poor weather conditions, you have all done a brilliant job and we are delighted with the results, the creation of the path and improvements to the boggy area will really make a difference to all of our park visitors, but particularly to wheelchair users and those with prams and pushchairs.
You have been a great team to work with and we look forward to working with you again.
Jane Galvin, Commercial Development Manager, Cannon Hall
Once again, thanks for the April walk around Oughtibridge which was enjoyed by all who took part.
Oughtibridge Village Community Association
Brilliant, thanks John. I had a look at some of the work last week and have been very impressed. Please convey my thanks to your team!
I was out on site at Potter Holes Plantation on Monday and would like to say the work you and the volunteers have carried out has made a real difference. All the work seems to have been carried out with high regard for the site. The habitat piles were already attracting local birdlife, and everything looked tidy but not orderly, if you get my drift.
Please pass on my compliments to the vols.
Thanks, Russ Boland Countryside and Parks Officer, Barnsley MBC
We have been most impressed with all the work you have carried out on the Estate and wish to put on record our grateful thanks to you and your team. We will certainly make sure that we contact you if we have any further work to commission. I have already mentioned that there is quite a chunk of woodland management work that we are considering so we’ll bear you in mind.
John Sykes, Farnley Tyas Estate