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Life in the Ravines Information Day – Local Artists Needed for Workshops

The Event

Life in the Ravines is holding an information day at the Goods Shed at Millers Dale during the October half term on either October 24th, 25th or 26th (TBC). Our vision is to get the local community engaged with the project and provide information for local communities and landowners about the work of the project and how they might get involved.

Alongside this, we would love to hold several workshops provided by local artists that are nature and wellbeing inspired for the public to get involved in.

For further information on getting involved, please email


More About Our Project

Special Areas of Conservation, or SACs, are under threat across the UK and Europe from ash dieback, which threatens a large part of our Peak Districts’ ravine woodlands. However, Life in the Ravines is leading a project to regenerate these internationally important sites for the future.

The Life in the Ravines team is using EU LIFE grant funding to preserve and protect our ravine woodlands of the Peak District. This ambitious Natural England-led £5 million project involves partners to share resources and expertise.

On SAC sites throughout the Peak District, you will find the team carrying out the following tasks to restore 876ha of Peak District SAC:

  • Surveying the risk to woodland canopy and prioritising areas highly affected by the disease.
  • Maintaining healthy, disease-free ash trees and removing selected examples that are infected in the area.
  • Replacing the lost canopy cover with diverse species of trees to enhance the resilience of our woodland against future disease outbreaks.
  • Exploring specialist planting techniques, including the use of drones, particularly on steep slopes within ravines that are difficult to reach.

Our partners involved in the project are:

  • The National Trust
  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
  • The Chatsworth Estate

(The team will also work with other stakeholders such as the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire Dales District Council, the Forestry Commission, and the Woodland Trust).


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