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This week has seen the arrival of two new members to the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership project management team. Roseanna Burton and Stephen Miller have started this week as community officers, two full time posts.

Roseanna has spent the last two years working for the RSPB, as the community engagement officer for the Sherwood, Trent and Tame Futurescapes project (funded by EU Life), with great success in delivering the project from start to finish. This project was dedicated to educating and inspiring local people about the significance of their local landscapes for wildlife and heritage, working towards a sustainable future, Previous to the RSPB, Roseanna dedicated almost seven years to supporting a number of community engagement and conservation projects for various organisations throughout Nottinghamshire and Sheffield. Roseanna has a BSc in Environmental Conservation and studied select modules of an MSc in Environmental Management at Sheffield Hallam. In addition, Roseanna spent time working as an ecologist for Access Ecology in Sheffield, undertaking UK and European protected species surveys, with a keen interest in bats, which is now one of her special fields. Roseanna said: “I am really looking forward to being a part of such an exciting and diverse project and team, in which I aim to enthuse, educate and inspire local people about the value and significance of the Hidden Dearne. Making the Valley a place where people are proud to live, work and visit, and where wildlife can thrive and return

Stephen is an Art History graduate and has joined the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership from Westminster City Council were he worked for the archive service on a First World War community heritage project. He has previous experience of working in museums, libraries and archives in Lancashire, Cumbria and London with a focus on community engagement, local heritage and social inclusion.Stephen has worked on high profile, award winning projects involving a diverse range of organisations from the Wordsworth Trust to Chelsea FC and the Museum of Lancashire to the Royal Albert Hall. He is passionate about providing opportunities for people to engage with history in new and innovative ways. Stephen said “I am really excited about working on the DVLP project and can’t wait to get in to the Dearne Valley to start meeting and learning from the community. There are so many hidden stories to tell and exciting ways to tell them.”

Their first few weeks will be focused on learning more about the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, its aims and objectives and the projects it is looking to deliver. They will be soon be travelling across the Dearne though, meeting as many people as possible, supporting the work of the DVLP and the people with in the area. Their contact details are in the contacts section of the website, so please get in touch.

Photo: Timm Cleasby

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