Funding amounting to £18.3m has been announced by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to protect some of the UK’s most famous beauty spots

Heritage Lottery Fund aims to conserve UK landscapes

The scheme has earmarked 11 first-round passes to areas deemed by the HLF as some of the UK’s most distinctive.

Commenting on the funding, Dame Jenny Abramsky, chair of the HFL, said: “Our Landscape Partnership programme has been a truly ground-breaking initiative, making a significant contribution to the way many organisations work together on landscape-scale conservation.”

The 11 areas to be receiving funding are as follows:

Lindisfarne LP, Northumberland, will receive a first-round pass of £1.98m, including £98,800 of development funding. Initial support will enable the Holy Island Development Trust to work with the local community to conserve Lindisfarne’s diverse heritage and learn more about its fascinating story.

Morecambe Bay LP, Cumbria and Lancashire, will receive a first-round pass of £2m, including £100,000 of development funding. The Morecambe Bay Partnership’s vision for this landscape will promote the natural and cultural heritage of the Bay whilst also helping to address potential climate-change issues.

Heart of the Glens LP, Country Antrim, will receive a first round pass of £1.5m, including £91,700 of development funding. Initial support will enable the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust to encourage sustainable tourism alongside conserving and restoring natural and built features.

Saving Gower LP, Swansea, will receive a first-round pass of £1.3m, including £19,800 development funding. The development funding will enable plans to be progressed to protect and enhance the area.

Living Wandle LP, London, will receive a first-round pass of £1.9m, including £78,000 of development funding. The project is the first urban landscape that HLF has funded under its LP programme, and is in urgent need of conservation work.

The Living Lomonds LP, Fife, will receive a first-round pass of £1.8m, including £90,600 of development funding. Fife Coasts and Countryside Trust is leading a partnership, which will reflect the historical significance of the Lomonds as the water catchment area that enabled industrial development in the surrounding towns.

Tay LP, Perth, will receive a first-round pass of £1.5m, including £100,000 of development funding. Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust and its partners are working on innovative plans to conserve and restore an internationally important but complex and threatened landscape.

South Dorset Ridgeway LP, will receive a first-round pass of £1.9, including £96,100 of development funding. Dorset AONB is developing extensive plans to protect this ancient ceremonial area.

Stiperstones and Cordon Hill Country LP, Shropshire and Powys, will receive a first-round pass of £1.4m, including £93,800 of development funding. The scheme reflects the area’s mining and quarrying heritage: less than century ago it was a thriving industrial community.

 

Suffolk Heritage Coast LP, will receive a first-round pass of £896,800, including development funding of £86,500. This three-year scheme aims to conserve and manage the area and also look at how the local coastal communities co-exist with their cultural and natural heritage – one of the fastest-eroding stretches of the coast in the UK.

Lower Derwent Valley LP, Derbyshire, will receive a first-round pass of £1.85m, including development funding of £87,100. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is the lead partner on a five-year scheme which covers the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the Riber Hills and the Via Gellia and Bonsall limestone dales around Matlock.

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