Funding announced for 13 new UK projects
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced £31m of funding for 13 new landscape projects, stretching from mountains to wetlands, and from the Orkney Isles in Scotland to the south-western tip of Cornwall.
The HLF estimates that together the projects will have an impact on 3,000sq km of countryside by supporting conservation work, reconnecting local communities and creating new jobs and training opportunities.
Among this year’s successful projects are:
The Broads Landscape Partnership, Norfolk, ‘Water, Mills and Marshes’ project, awarded £2.6m (including £226,000 development funding) for long-term conservation work to the southern part of the Broads National Park, with the aim of boosting tourism and the local ecomomy;
Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, awarded £2m (including £156,400 development funding) to restore important wildlife and landscape features and research local stories;
Callander’s Pass ‘Mind the Gap’ project in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland, which will receive £1.5m (including £119,600 development funding) for plans to transform the town of Callander into the ‘Outdoor Capital of the National Park’ while developing both cultural and natural heritage and creating a cycling and walking network;
The Dee Valley in North East Wales, which gets £1.4m (including £67,900 development funding) for its ‘Our Picturesque Landscape’ work to help manage that area’s visitor hotspots around the Dee Valley and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site, clean up the River Dee to reduce flooding.
Grants have also been awarded to:
• ‘Elan Links – People, Nature & Water’, Mid Wales, £1.7m (including £85,900 development funding)
• ‘Living Levels’ Partnership, Gwent, South Wales, £2.8m (including £321,100 development funding)
• North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme, Orkney Islands, Scotland , £3m (£169,400 development funding)
• Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, £2.9m (including £185,500 development funding)
• Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, £2.9m (including £253,900 development funding)
• ‘Nenescape: Revealing the Hidden Stories of the Nene Valley’, Northampton, £2.8m (including £208,300 development funding)
• Brightwater Landscape Partnership, County Durham, £2.8m (including £223,100 development funding)
• ‘Revitalising Redesdale’, Northumberland, £1.8m (including £115,700 development funding)
• ‘First and Last – Our Living Working Landscape’, Penwith, Cornwall, £2.7m (including £140,600 development funding)
HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme is now in its 11th year and to date has invested £146m in 86 different areas across the UK. It has helped repair more than 30 km of dry stone walls, enabled 150,000 people to participate in learning activities and helped get more than 14,000 volunteers involved.
Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund is now playing an absolutely central role in conserving and restoring our landscape. This is only the beginning of what we can all do, working together, to really protect and transform nature and beauty across the British Isles. And above all, ensure people are connected to those landscapes, seeing them and enjoying them.’
The next closing date for Landscape Partnership applications is 1 June 2016, for decisions in October 2016. Grants range from £100,000 to £3m. Find out more about HLF funding opportunities here