We know there is great interest in the Lumsdale valley and what has been going on there during the last year, particularly with regard to the felling of trees on the site of the silted up middle pond.
This has happened with the intention of returning the pond to its former glory – not simply to enhance the beauty of the area but, importantly, to help show more clearly how the valley functioned in its heyday. Nest boxes, made by pupils at Highfields School, have been installed on trees around the pond area, and already some have been occupied this season. When nesting is over volunteers will tidy up the site and manage it until the next stage of the work is begun.
The committee was unsuccessful in obtaining a lottery grant this January, but the submission was praised and we have been encouraged to try again. This we will do, but in the meantime members go about finding more modest funding to carry on the work, from running tours of the valley, giving talks, kind private donations, and obtaining grants like that of £1,000 from Derbyshire County Council this year and the same from Toyota in Derby.
Last year a garden party at Ivy Cottage, Upper Lumsdale (opposite Highfields Upper School) raised £1,250 and this year at the same venue we hope to improve on this with your help. Please put Saturday, May 26, from 1pm till 5pm, in your diaries and come and enjoy a cream tea, and browse and buy from a wide variety of stalls.
Matlock’s Lumsdale Valley is beautiful and home to one of the most important water-powered sites in the country as the BBC highlighted last year in their Hidden Heritage series. Everyone loves it, but love isn’t enough if we are to keep it maintained, improved, and accessible to all.
We hope you can support the work by joining us on May 26.
Lumsdale Project Committee