In December 2017 the AONB Partnership were awarded a stage 1 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major new project in Cumbria which aims to conserve and celebrate the fellside and valley landscapes between Hallbankgate and Melmerby.
The Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme has been in the pipeline since 2015 and we have secured a development grant of £162,000 over the next 18 months to help fine tune the project in collaboration with local people. A further £2m will be released to deliver the whole scheme between 2019 and 2023, on completion of the final plans.
Community archaeology, management and creation of woods and grasslands, conservation of historic buildings and a host of public events and activities are just some of the things planned for a four-year scheme that aims to make the most of the area’s heritage assets.
It is hoped the project will provide a huge boost for the area by strengthening and increasing the visitor economy, and providing a better future for residents and businesses, by allowing greater access to heritage sites and promoting a clearer understanding of its significant cultural history.
We are now recruiting for two new posts to help us develop and deliver the scheme. More details here.