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1 The OnTrent Initiative Ruth Needham OnTrent Project Manager

2 ‘A Trent floodplain rich in wildlife habitats, landscape and historic features, for the benefit of all, both now and in the future’ The OnTrent Vision

3 Trent facts 274km long Flows through 3 Region and 21districts 92% of Trent floodplain is managed for agriculture. Dominant land use grassland upstream changing to more arable in lower reaches. Heavily modified landscape. 953km 2 of natural floodplain, majority protected by flood banks.

4 How is OnTrent delivered? Baseline Study Action Program LDF Water Framework Directive Agriculture Flood Management Minerals Trent Vale Landscape Partnership SPARC Wet woodlands, Trent River Park, Trent Fisheries. Trent Valley Way OnTrent Forum Seminars Training Leaflets Trent Valley Habitat Pack PolicyProjects Raising awareness


6 Agriculture and land use 9.8% of Trent floodplain in CSS Few incorporate significant wetland Uncertain landscape benefits OnTrent objectives recognised in HL targeting statements Budgetary constraints Priority Habitats.

7 OnTrent Priority Habitats CountyStaffordshireDerbyshire and Leicestershire NottinghamshireLincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire Natural AreaThe Potteries and Churnet Valley Needwood and South Derbyshire Claylands Trent Valley Rises Trent Valley and RisesTrent Valley and Rises Humberhead Levels North Lincolnshire Coversands and Clay Vales Trent Valley and Rises Humberhead Levels Humber Estuary OpportunityExistingPotentialExistingPotentialExistingPotentialExistingPotential Priority Habitat Earth heritageLS  NS   LS  Coastal and floodplain grazing marsh  Lowland raised bogNS  Lowland wood-pasture and parkland LS  NS    Purple moor-grass and rush pastures LS  NS  ReedbedsNS    Wet broad leaved woodlandLS    Coastal Saltmarsh, mudflats and saline lagoons  NS  Exposed riverine sediment  Broad Habitats Fen, marsh and swampLS  NS  Rivers and streamsLS  NS   LS  Standing open water and canals NS    

8 Flood management on the Trent 160km 2 area inundated during a severe flood Heavily modified catchment, resulting in artificially fast flows, increased flows from River Tame 15,000 properties in the floodplain OnTrent encouraging EA/Defra to develop flood risk on the Trent more closely linked to land management. 1) Changes in land use 2) Flood bank realignment 3) Storage areas.



11 Mineral restoration 30 mineral sites on the Trent Long future on the Trent QPA promoting BAP for each site Restoration objectives

12 OnTrent encourage restoration schemes that: Improve biodiversity and a range of habitat-types while avoiding issues associated with bird-strike, e.g. promote wet woodland at the margins of workings. Retain, replace or reinforce traditional floodplain landscape features e.g. wetlands, trees and hedgerows. Create OnTrent priority habitats. Protect and conserve archaeological remains including palaeochannels and alluvial deposits, and maintain historic landscape character wherever possible. If there is no alternative to its destruction, ensure an appropriate record is made of any archaeology, and that landscape restoration is in keeping with historic landscape character. Increase diversity in the design of restoration schemes along the river through a more holistic approach e.g. reconnection to the main river or creation of a braided-river where feasible and establishment of wet grassland. Accommodate sustainable responses to flood risk through the creation of wetlands and washlands, and the managed realignment of the river, where feasible. Improve opportunities for sustainable public access, principally walking and cycling but also provision for limited ability and horse-riding as appropriate. Allow for an appropriate mix of other recreational uses e.g. angling, bird- watching and water-sports. Support interpretation of the natural and historic environment. Involve the local community where appropriate.

13 In Summary Large range of organisations influencing the Trent landscape. OnTrent generating increased awareness of opportunities for floodplain restoration with associated benefits. Site based projects developing Still a long way to go!

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