Views sought on the future of Allen Valleys Lansdcape Partnership Scheme
A project which will conserve and restore key heritage features in the Allen Valleys, and to encourage people to visit and understand them, is being developed with the help of local communities and businesses.
The Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme is being developed by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is now in its development phase. Andy Lees, the Development Officer, is running some drop in sessions, on the 18th and 19th of April, for local residents and businesses to come and help shape proposals and find out what is planned.
Hay meadows, woodlands, historic lead mining structures, and wading birds like lapwing, are all important elements of the Allen Valleys landscape and are the focus for the new scheme.
A variety of projects are proposed to help look after heritage features, but also to help people access and understand them, and to help ensure their conservation in the future. Project ideas include river erosion control, a dark skies observatory, a community orchard, an electric bike hire scheme, footpath improvements, restoration projects on historic structures such as the mine workings at Holmes Linn, plans to plant field boundary trees and grants to manage woodlands, a grant scheme for renewable energy projects and lots more.
Enhance the natural features
If all goes well the delivery phase should start in April 2014 and last for four years. Andy Lees said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to protect and enhance some of the natural and historic features in the Allen Valleys and to use these features to encourage green tourism and greater access by local people.
“At this stage in the project we are looking for people to get involved in various of the projects, including landowners who may have woodlands in need of management, business owners who may want to take part in our electric bike hire scheme, or volunteers to help restore the Deneholme pleasure gardens or help organise a traditional music festival.”
Help to shape the future
Andy will be developing the scheme over the next few months and is keen to hear your ideas. To discuss any aspect of the project or get involved in shaping the bid please call in to one of the following drop in sessions or contact Andy on 01388 528801 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Thur April 18 10am-2pm Whitfield Village Hall
- Thur April 18 3pm-7pm Allendale Village Hall
- Fri April 19 2pm-6pm Allenheads Contemporary Arts Gallery
Released: 04 April 2013