Sefton Coast, Merseyside’s ‘coastal green lung’. © Heritage Lottery Fund
Seven of Britain’s most beautiful yet sometimes neglected landscapes received a gesture of appreciation on Monday (October 27 2008) with the announcement of a total £8 million to be awarded towards their regeneration and conservation.
The support comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Landscape Partnership Scheme, which aims to highlight the diversity of the UK’s geography and its impact on our culture.
Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Our landscapes are as much under threat as other parts of our heritage yet we often take them for granted."
"This Landscape Partnership Scheme is helping protect some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery by bringing together groups, with a shared passion for supporting the heritage of the surrounding natural environment, to form strong partnerships rather than working in isolation.”
As previously reported on 24 Hour Museum, the World Heritage Site at Blaenavon is to receive £1.6 million of the total award, with the rest being apportioned to six other projects.
Blaenavon, celebrated for South Wales’ role in the 18th and 19th centuries as a leading producer of iron and coal. © Heritage Lottery Fund
HLF’s Landscape Partnerships have been running for the last four years, with the new awards bringing the total invested to £48 million. The schemes are intended to help forge public and community partnerships, enabling and inspiring people to become involved with the heritage needs of their local landscapes.
Each of the seven new projects have been given a ‘Stage One Pass’, meaning the money has been earmarked by the HLF and set aside. To progress to Stage Two and secure the full award, a further, fully developed, application must be submitted.
The awards in full:
The Sefton Coast, Merseyside
Home to 20% of the sand dunes in England, the area is characterised by low-lying coastal stretches. Access to the coastline will be improved, and the local asparagus farming industry re-invigorated.
The South Pennines, Northern England
Part of a 'back-bone' running the length of Northern England, and made up of sweeping moorlands. The project will include the enhancement of habitats for wildlife such as the rare 'Twite', known locally as the 'Penine Finch'.
Applecross in west Scotland, reached by a spectacular, alpine-style mountain pass. © Heritage Lottery Fund
Applecross, West Scotland
A remote peninsula with a rugged landscape of mountains, crofting settlements and moorlands. Important buildings, such as Clachan Church, will be conserved, and the Gaelic language and culture promoted.
The Isle of Harris, Western Scotland
Celebrated for its combination of crystal clear seas and sandy beaches, as well as its tweed industry. The island’s heritage of traditional skills and historic ceremonies will be promoted, and the native woodland protected.
The Ochils, Central Scotland
A dramatic hill range located in Clackmannanshire, encompassing peaks, mines and villages. Access to the hills and wooded glens will be improved, as will the quality of its rivers.
Ochils Landscape Partnership Scheme © Heritage Lottery Fund
The Five Parishes, Northern Ireland
Part of the Sperrins Mountain range and considered to be some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. The local environment – peatland, woodland and hedgerows, as well as species like freshwater pearl mussels – will be protected and more volunteers recruited.
Blaenavon, South Wales
A former coalfield area and World Heritage Site with a highly diverse landscape. Wales’ role as the first industrialised nation will be promoted, and local wildlife and their habitats protected.