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Wildlife From Your Doorstep challenge - January 2014

How many bird and animal species can you see on foot from your home in January? The Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership's “Wildlife From Your Doorstep” project is challenging people who live in and around the Churnet Valley and Weaver Hills area to spot as many species of bird, mammal (not farm or domestic animals) by walking from their own house or place of work during the month of January 2014.

Many hands help clearance at Alton Millrace

On the first Wednesday in November, ten of the Practical Projects Volunteers from the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership joined forces with members of the Alton Towers Gardens and Woodland Team to help clear the Millrace in Alton. The removal of some trees, brash and litter exposed the previously hidden stone structure which in days gone by formed the Millrace- the channel which conducted the water to the old mill’s water wheel.

Leek Show 2013

The Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership exhibited at the annual Leek & District Show on Saturday 27th July. The sunshine helped make the day a great success with reportedly over 11,000 visitors attending.

The CVLLP marquee proved to be one of the most popular with the children as several of the partner organisations had organised a variety of practical things to do including making woody spinners and sculpting clay animals. The RSPB helped children to make butterfly feeders and the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust invited visitors to have a go at the traditional wooden shaving horse.

Improvements to towpath between Cheddleton heritage sites completed

Works to make a popular stretch of Caldon Canal towpath more accessible and user-friendly for the local community are complete and were officially opened by Charlotte Atkins, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s Central Shires waterway partnership, on 27 June. The Caldon Canal towpath through Cheddleton has been rebuilt to give walkers, cyclists and disabled visitors a clean, green traffic-free route, between two of the area’s most important and popular historic attractions.

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