The Transforming the Trent Valley (TTTV) scheme creates positive change for wildlife, built heritage and communities. The £4.7 million scheme, partially funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is a partnership of 18 organisations delivering a wide range of environmental, cultural and community-led projects across 200 square kilometres. Examples of projects being delivered through the scheme include restoring rivers and floodplains, improving pathways and cycleways, and creating ways to reconnect communities with their natural heritage. Work on the scheme began in 2019 and will continue for at least five years.
Binnies, an RSK company, was commissioned to map and value the habitats and land cover – our natural capital – within the TTTV study area. We set up an online ‘Storymap’ so the public can explore the area’s habitats (the natural capital stock), the environmental benefits we get from them (the flows or ecosystem services) and the economic benefits they give us (their value), for example, reduced healthcare or water-treatment costs. The purpose of the Storymap was to help the public understand how the local landscape benefits them, to attract funding for project opportunities and to support Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in its goal of connecting and protecting 30% of the region’s land for nature’s recovery by 2030.
Our strong multidisciplinary team designed and produced the publicly accessible and interactive Storymap. The information is presented in a clear and visually stimulating way.