Landscape Partnerships are a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant programme for the conservation and enjoyment of areas of distinctive character.
In 2018, The Colne Valley Regional Park – the first real taste of the countryside immediately west of London – was successful in its bid for £1.6m worth of National Lottery funding. This will be augmented by a further £900k of local funding. The Landscape Partnership brings together wildlife organisations, local authorities, and water companies, and is led by community charity Groundwork South.
Its focus is on enhancing the countryside, and features a diverse and ambitious range of projects and programmes including measures to help threatened water voles to thrive; conserving wildlife habitats; raising awareness among local people of the need to reduce water consumption and conserve wetland habitats; improving access routes to the area for local people; supporting local conservation groups, and encouraging residents and visitors to celebrate their landscape by getting out and about in it.
Through this wide ranging scheme, the partnership will take steps to bring a cherished landscape back from the brink of decline by co-ordinating conservation work, and helping connect communities with their heritage, enabling them to understand and take responsibility for it.
The partnership has identified 19 projects to be delivered by 2022, and these are grouped in four key themes. We will continue to update these as we make progress!
A Landscape of Water, Meadows and Woods
- Preventing water voles from becoming extinct
- Tackling invasive Species
- River floodplain and connectivity
- Fish passage
- Angling and nature conservation
- Conservation Grazing
A Landscape of Connections
- Your place in the Colne Valley
- A bridge to the country
- Colne Valley Trail
- The aims of the Landscape Partnership Scheme are:
- To restore and strengthen the character of this unique landscape, and its visibility, focusing on key habitats building resilience and the ability to sustain it in the long term.
- To reconnect local communities with their heritage, raising awareness of the Colne Valley across a wider range of people through learning activities, providing detailed information and interpretation resources, organising cultural events and creating volunteering opportunities.
- To invest in skills at grassroots level to enable the stewardship, of the landscape based on a specialised and locally specific volunteer and training plan.
- To create a robust, active and effective partnership for managing the area beyond the life of the Landscape Partnership Scheme.
As part of the development of the Landscape Partnership a Landscape Character Assessment has been produced for the Colne Valley Regional Park
For more information about the project please see our LCAP document.
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