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Big Pull Week 19th-27th July

Last year’s Himalayan Balsam “Big Pull” was a great success, as throughout the summer community groups and individual volunteers of all ages helped in the fight against this invasive species. From June to September over 800 volunteer hours were logged tackling the Balsam alongside the canals and waterways of the Churnet. Local scouts, anglers, canal and railway volunteers all pitched in to help, working on areas of the Churnet and Caldon Canal from Longsdon down to Alton.

Food with a View

We looking for existing and new local businesses in the Valley to help create an identity and raise the profile of what this landscape has to offer in local food production.

Our project aims to

Churnet Challenge

The Churnet Challenge was a big success with more than 30 12-16 year olds braving the wet weather to compete in their teams for the top prize at Consall Scout Camp.

Look whoo's moving in: barn owl group install 400th nestbox

A leading wildlife group is celebrating after reaching a major milestone in the number of nest boxes installed across the county. Staffordshire Barn Owl Action Group (BOAG), who are based at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's HQ near Rugeley, have installed their 400th nest box box at a site in Ipstones near Leek funded by the Churnet Valley Community Grants Scheme.

Cycling moves up a gear in Staffordshire

Local people are being given the opportunity to view exciting plans to develop new cycle paths linking Staffordshire with the Peak District national park along one of the our historic waterways. The project will see the creation of four new cycle ways directly into the national park from the surrounding urban areas and is expected to benefit around 3.5 million people.