Opening up iconic views in Matlock Bath

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is to begin work this month in partnership with your District Council to improve a number of views in picturesque Matlock Bath.

Helped by a £500 grant from our Local Projects Fund, the Opening up Iconic Views project - part of the DerwentWISE Landscape Partnership - aims to sensitively manage sites to create vistas and restore some of the important historic viewpoints.

The magnificent landscape of the Lower Derwent Valley has been an inspiration to artists and visitors for hundreds of years. The valley has a unique character containing a wide variety of landscapes, ancient woodlands, and a river that powered the industrial revolution and is a world heritage site.

Many of the historic sites in the Lower Derwent Valley have suffered over the last 30 years from the spread of non-native trees and lack of woodland management. This has led to the damage of many of the ancient structures in the valley or the covering up of sites and subsequent loss of views.

People visit Matlock Bath to walk by the River Derwent, Lovers' Walks, and the Promenade. Self-set trees along North Parade will be removed from the river wall, and the large horse chestnuts will be pruned to restore views across the river for users of the paths.

The trees behind the Grand Pavilion will be pruned and thinned to prevent damage to the building and improve views from a number of locations. A small number of sycamore trees will be thinned and diseased trees removed along the river bank at Riversdale Green to the north of Matlock Bath.

The view at the historic Artists' Corner of the iconic High Tor crags will also be restored, again by removing non-native trees. All of the work has been carefully planned and assessed to have minimum impact on biodiversity.

Ceridwyn Adkins, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Ecologist said:

“As part of this project, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust surveyed the trees for protected species. None of the trees offered potential for roosting bats and the proposed works will be undertaken outside the breeding bird season. In addition, the trees have not been managed to their full potential and have created dense and heavy overhangs into the water as well as shading ground flora. Therefore the proposed works would benefit the locale as well, encouraging biodiversity to flourish”.

The work will bring trees at a number of sites into positive management, and improve the views of historic features for locals and visitors.


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