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Derwent Riverlands: Behind the scenes

River Derwent, Borrowdale, north East of Castle Crag, Cumbria
River Derwent in Cumbria | © Simon Fraser

As part of a national programme to improve the health of rivers across England and Wales, we've launched the Derwent Riverlands project.

The river Derwent is a mountain river that runs from Sprinkling Tarn in the high Lake District fells out to the sea at Workington. On the way it passes through Cumbrian towns and villages, farmland and woodland, peat bogs and dockyards. All of these make up the Derwent 'catchment' – the lands that the river flows through. The Derwent's 'riverlands'

The Derwent's 'riverlands' are home to otters, atlantic salmon and the UK's rarest freshwater fish, the vendace. But it's under pressure from climate change, pollution and man-made alterations to its course.

On this project timeline, we'll be posting regular updates of the work we're doing behind the scenes, so keep checking back in to stay up to date.

The Derwent Riverlands project

14 August 2023

We've got a new web page!

The Riverlands project is growing. 

Until now, the Riverlands project has been focused on projects two distinct valleys in the Lake District; Ullswater & Borrowdale. But now, Riverlands is expanding its reach to find more rivers in need of our help across the whole of the Lake District. It's a big patch! But the team is excited by all the potential and possibilities.

To follow our progress, check out our new web page at Riverlands in the Lake District.

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Our partners

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

European Agricultural Fund for Regional Development

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) finances the EU's contribution to rural development programmes (RDPs).

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Environment Agency

Environmental Agency is a public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, working to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

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