Regeneration Project strategy launch and celebration

Two years into the Hurst Farm Regeneration Project residents and project partners celebrated achievements to date at a strategy launch event on the Matlock estate on Wednesday 27 November.

Food and drinks were provided at the celebration at the Hurst Farm Social Club, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Derbyshire Dales District Council's Estate Regeneration Manager Marie Schmidt said:
"This event will showcase the inspiring vision for Hurst Farm that has been created with the community and it will celebrate the early success we have already achieved.
"We thank all the partners, together with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for the funding and assistance that has made this important work possible.
"Working with the community a new inspiring vision has emerged that we plan to develop and realise over the coming years as funding becomes available."

Here's a video, shown at the celebration event, that gives an overview of what has been achieved so far.



  • View the mini- booklet [PDF 2.8MB] created to showcase the vision and the new branding of projects and social enterprises
The Regeneration Project was launched in 2017 after the District Council successfully made a bid for Government funding from MHCLG to work with the Hurst Farm community to build a long term regeneration strategy.

The most recent milestone came earlier this month when it was announced that the District Council had received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a Heritage Trail project, which aims to improve the existing footpaths around the Hurst Farm Woodland in Matlock connecting four heritage sites.

It means the John Bowne Memorial, Victorian Wishing Stone, Lumsdale Industrial Heritage Site and Bailey’s Tump WWII air defence site will be made more accessible to the local community and wider Matlock area, helping protect them for the future.

The District Council, working with the Friends of Hurst Farm, the local community and partners, has been successful in securing development funding of £79,500 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund with an additional £29,000 match-funding from the Council, giving a total budget of just over £109k to be spent over two years to develop the proposal further for a full second round application of capital and revenue funding of £1m.

The full project grant aims to improve the existing public footpaths and repair and protect the historic stone paths and architectural features. It will also carry out essential conservation work on the woodland.

An educational programme is also planned, with the creation of a Ranger post and apprenticeships. These posts will undertake educational activities in the woodland and the heritage sites and support the maintenance of these sites.

Volunteers will be given training so they can help care for the site and lead tours for the public. Good signage and a digital app will link the circular Hurst Farm Heritage walk footpaths to other existing paths leading to Riber Castle, Tansley and wider Matlock, creating a great resource to the community on Hurst Farm and Matlock residents.

Other big successes have included a £25,000 grant secured from the MHCLG 'Pocket Park' funding which paid for the first phase of improvements to the estate's Spider Park playground at 'The Orchard'.

Two years into the Hurst Farm Regeneration Project residents and project partners celebrated achievements to date at a strategy launch event on the Matlock estate on Wednesday 27 November.

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