Rural regeneration and conservation to benefit from £7.9million of HLF funding

By Culture24 Staff | 23 April 2009
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The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Landscape Partnership programme has announced £7.9 million of funds to support rural regeneration and conservation schemes around the UK.

The landscape partnerships have already helped 35 schemes around the country to forge public and community partnerships and to effectively tackle the heritage needs of their local landscapes.

“One of the exciting things about the UK’s landscapes is their variety as illustrated by these six projects – from Lake Windermere to the foothills of the Sperrins and the flat coastal plains of Lincolnshire,” said Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“This investment of nearly £8 million is helping forge lasting partnerships, which will not only protect these cherished natural environments but also help people have a greater understanding and enjoyment of them.”

The landscapes awarded money include Windermere in Cumbria, and Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire’s Southern Magnesian Limestone Area.

aerial view of a lake

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England’s largest natural lake, Lake Windermere has been awarded a first round pass of £999,100 that will go towards restoring an area of the Lake District National Park and encouraging a wide range of people to get involved with the landscape so that it can be better managed in the future.

The Derbyshire Southern Magnesian Limestone area and its communities suffered greatly when the mines were closed in the 1970s and 80s.

The Archaeological Way was created using the railway cuttings used by the mines and quarries that bisect the landscape and allowed the local people to explore the area.

A first round pass of just under £2 million will extend and improve the Archaeological Way by providing links to local communities and internationally important prehistoric sites.

Funds will also be used to offer training in traditional conservation techniques to improve the fragmented rare grassland habitats of the area and characteristic built features, such as pinfolds and wells.

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