Colne Valley Park, an area that Groundwork has been working in for over 30 years, has been given initial approval for a £1.7m Heritage Lottery ‘Landscape Partnership’ programme grant to maintain and enhance the landscape for the local community and visitors alike.
The ‘Colne Valley – A Landscape on the Edge’ project sets out to restore the site, ensuring it’s sustainable in the long term. This will be done by investing in the local community and reconnecting local people with their local countryside via a variety volunteering and activities – such as training river wardens – in order to allow local people to have a stronger ownership and desire to want to maintain their local greenspace.
The funding will also help improve habitats and footpaths, re-naturalise rivers and extend the Colne Valley Trail and to create a sustainable action plan to ensure that the site will continue to thrive once the Landscape Partnership comes to an end.
Founded in 1965, the park covers over 40 square miles to the west of London, boasting farmland, woodland and water with 200 miles of river and canal making the site a popular haven for local wildlife.
Stewart Pomeroy, Colne Valley CIC Managing Agent from Groundwork South said:
"This is positive and exciting news for the Colne Valley. It will help us to connect communities with heritage, celebrate the landscape and boost our resilience so future generations can continue to enjoy the water, meadows and woods across the Valley. We want to thank all our partners and local people that have supported us to achieve this, and a big thank you to National Lottery players."
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
"Our historic landscapes are incredibly important to people’s wellbeing and need to be protected. Some of the landscapes we are funding are in the most remote parts of the UK; others form an important backdrop to some of our largest cities. What they all have in common is the potential to make people’s lives better, which is why they are so richly deserving of National Lottery money."
A development grant of £107,500 has been awarded by HLF to enable Groundwork South to develop its plans and seek final approval for the full grant amount of £1,632,000 at a later date.
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