Where we have come from

all the things that we have done...

All the other things we have been involved with...
The Countryside Training Partnership has been trading successfully for 13 years, prior to 2008 we have looked back at all our projects and have compiled the following list to give an idea of the wide range of experience that we can offer and the different type of skills, approaches and solutions that we can offer when working with a client…
Project Management
  • Working with senior management within the Commission for Rural Communities to design a project management system for a new organisation. Using facilitation and coaching techniques to help with the implementation of the agreed programme.
  • Working on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority on a £¾ m initiative to develop the Castleton Centre a new visitor centre / museum in Derbyshire. Successful project management depended on effective engagement with the local Castleton community and other funding partners including the National Trust and English Heritage. Other project roles included preparation of business/interpretive plans and co-ordinating the work of designers and exhibition contractors.
  • Taking on a Project management role for the £½m redevelopment of Parsley Hay Cycle Hire Centre. Project management roles included briefing and managing architects, quantity surveyors and engineers as well as liaison with landscape architects, planners and funders. The project included successful applications to the East Midlands Development Agency (Rural Action Zone) and European Regional Development Fund (Objective 5b) for £¼m in external funding.
Training Management and Delivery
  • Responsible for the policy development, implementation and contract management of the Countryside Agency’s external training programme. The identified training consisted of approximately 110 events with a budget of about £350,000 each year.
  • On behalf of the Countryside Agency, we developed and delivered a successful series of seminars on disseminating good practice from Rural Transport provision within Local transport Plans. The £40K project involved working in all eight English regions and was delivered on time and within budget over a six-month period.
  • Preparation of Training plans for HLF bids connected with the Great Fen, sustainable forestry in the Upper Derwent valley and at Calver Weir that received a successful award of £1.24m.
  • Delivery of 4 workshops on the development of Rights of Way Improvement Plans and Local Access Forums for Natural England and Derbyshire County Council
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of AONB management models to provide recommendations for better management. ~ Countryside Agency
  • Evaluation of the Integrated Access Demonstration Projects ~ Countryside Agency
Developing organisations
  • Working with the Standing Conference of South Pennine Authorities to set up Pennine Prospects Rural Regeneration Company.
  • Facilitating board members and officers of the East Lindsey Coastal Regeneration Partnership to develop a succession plan in anticipation of the completion of an SRB funded project.
  • Providing organisational development advice to Severn Trent Water Visitors Services management team
Developing frameworks and policy
  • Integrating Biodiversity within Community Strategies ~ working with the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) and English Nature to investigate the reasons for biodiversity and the natural environment being excluded from community plans.
  • AONB Management Plan guidance ~ Co-authors of CA23 - guidance for AONB management planners
  • Developing an economic and employment model for the proposed extension of the Pennine Bridleway ~ Countryside Agency
  • Facilitating the development of a vision for St Aidan’s a proposed site for the RSPB in the Aire Valley, Leeds
Business Development
  • Facilitation of strategic planning workshops to help individual AONBs meet specific identified challenges ~ Tamar Valley, Quantock Hills, Arnside and Silverdale AONBs
  • Development of business plan with recommendations for revised management structure for Talkin Tarn Country Park ~ Cumbria County Council
  • Supporting with the development of a marketing and interpretative plan for Newark Park, a new National Trust property near Bristol
  • A feasibility study developing a strategy for two outdoor education centres in Cumbria ~ Cumbria Outdoors
  • Development of business plans for new sustainable tourism business start ups in Meotida, Ukraine ~ Department for International Development
  • We have worked with more than half the 37 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales to develop business plans or review their partnership management arrangements. The outcome has enabled them to take advantage of new funding arrangements and statutory duties arising from the Countryside and Rights of Way Act.
  • We were involved in producing a business plan for Bristol City Council’s Countryside and Parks Service to enable the officers to project manage a successful HLF funding application.