From ancient woodlands to industrial mills - HLF supports five projects with £18 million

By Culture24 Reporter | 28 May 2013

An aerospace centre, an industrial mill, a Victorian pier, a timber framed building and Britain's beleaguered historic woodlands are the recipients of £18 million in Heritage Lottery Fund awards announced today.

a photo of a mill seen through a wooded valley with a stream in the distance
Looking down into Quarry Bank Garden© Courtesy HLF / National Trust
£1.9 million has been confirmed for an innovative project run by the Woodland Trust to restore the UK’s endangered ancient woodland and create what it describes as a “step change” in the way our oldest and most precious woods are maintained.

The funding will enable the Trust to start work on the restoration of Plantation on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) and begin to address the problem of the 45-50 per cent of ancient woodland lost or damaged in the UK since the 1930s, making it one of the least wooded parts of Europe.

In Filton, South Gloucestershire, Bristol Aerospace will benefit from initial support for a £4.4 million HLF bid, including £243,600 development funding, to help them conserve and develop a site regarded as a birthplace of British Aviation. Filton led the design, development and testing of Concorde and every British Concorde was assembled and took off from its runway.

As well as an aviation heritage and learning centre, two First World War Grade II listed hangars, built by the Royal Flying Corps and later home to Bristol’s 501 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force, which played a vital role in the Battle of Britain, will be conserved with important collections preserved.

Quarry Bank Mill, the Cheshire National Trust site reckoned to be one of the country’s most significant locations from the Industrial Revolution, is to benefit from initial support for a £3 million HLF bid, including £164,400 in development funding. The aim is to transform the site into one cohesive story, safeguarding its future and encouraging a wider range of people to become involved in its heritage.

In Colwyn Bay in Wales, the Grade II-listed Victoria Pier with a late Victorian Moorish-style pavilion and a 1930s Art Deco pavilion will be given initial support for a £5 million HLF bid, including £594,900 development funding to help restore it as a viable and sustainable mixed-use facility for local people and visitors to enjoy.

Harrow Museum and Headstone Manor is the final recipient of backing, with initial support for a £3.6 million HLF bid, including £255,300 development funding for a plan to preserve the earliest surviving timber framed building in Middlesex.

The Headstone Manor site, established in 825 AD and designated an Ancient Scheduled Monument, is a Grade I-listed Manor House once owned by Henry VIII, with a rare medieval water-filled moat sited next to an adjacent Grade II* Tithe Barn (from 1506) and a Grade II Small Barn (from 1550).

The plan is to preserve the buildings and make them into a suitable home for Harrow's historic and nationally important collections, including items from the Kodak factory, Whitefriar’s glass factory and archaeological finds from the Roman period.

HLF chief Carole Souter described the awards as “celebrating the breadth of the UK’s heritage”

“‘People power’ is a vital ingredient at the heart of each of these projects,” she added.

“It’s present in everything that we support. We are always working to help protect the things communities value and we’re proud that our money will help people get actively involved with and enjoy these fascinating sites.”

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a photo of a white timber framed manor house seen across a lawn through the foliage of a tree
Headstone Manor© Courtesy HLF
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