The Lomond Hills are in line for a grant of £1.8 million
Monday, August 1, 2011
We are delighted to announce that we have secured a first-round pass for The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership project. Ultimately, this could result in a £1.8 million grant for work throughout the Lomond Hills area. Currently this award means that the Partnership have secured a development grant of £90,600, which allows the Partnership to spend the next twelve months developing a full second round application along with a Landscape Conservation Assessment and Action Plan.
The announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) could see The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership deliver lasting benefits to communities as well as the built, natural and cultural heritage of the area.
One of only two areas selected in Scotland, The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership focuses on a 162km2 area of Fife and Kinross taking in the Lomond Hills and Benarty Hill as well as contrasting communities, including Falkand, Scotland’s first conservation village, rural villages such as Kinnesswood, Scotlandwell and Gateside and former mining settlements such as Benarty. A host of historic features from prehistoric times to the recent past can be found in the hills and the surrounding lowland plain which also supports a wide variety of wildlife and natural features ranging from ospreys, migrating geese, sea eagles and red squirrels to rare mountain bees, green tiger beetles, holy grass and 350 million-year old crinoid fossils.
As well as promoting and protecting important natural and historic landscape features in the Lomond Hills and surrounding areas, The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership is keen to emphasise the involvement of people who live and work in and around the hills as an integral element of the Partnership’s funding bid.
Amanda McFarlane, Chief Executive for FCCT and chair of the Partnership Board, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding, which will enable significant investment in the landscape area. We will work closely with local communities to help make a real difference to their environment by helping them to look at relevant projects and activities that may be beyond the resource of existing funding bodies. This is the first step on our way to securing the additional funding needed to deliver the full £1.8 million project – and given the passion and commitment of the Partnership, we are very optimistic this can be achieved.”
Hard work is now underway by the partner organisations involved in The Living Lomonds project to meet the tough criteria of the next stage of the grant application. The organisations which will be responsible for demonstrating to HLF the project’s value are FCCT – an environmental charity responsible for managing and conserving Fife’s countryside – the Centre for Stewardship based on Falkland Estate, Markinch Heritage Group, Kinross Museum Trust, Lomond Hills Regional Park Partnership, Fife Council, TRACKS and Benarty Community Forum.
The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership aims to reconnect people with the hills so that they can understand, enjoy and celebrate shared built and natural heritage. Woodlands, dry-stone walls and historic pilgrim routes will be restored and new all-access paths created. Volunteering and programmes of activities, such as the re-enactment of a medieval deer hunt and exploring Gaelic heritage through place names and traditional stories, are designed to create a stronger connection between people and landscape.
Quotes from other Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership members:
Centre of Stewardship, Falkland Estate
With experience of heritage landscape revival and creative public engagement activity, such as the Big Tent Festival, the Centre for Stewardship, based on Falkland Estate is an example of the expertise and specialist knowledge contributed by the partners.
Helen Lawrenson, the Centre’s director, said: “The way local organisations have worked together and worked up ideas from all sides of the hills is just one of the strengths of the project.
“If we are successful in securing funding, the Partnership will reveal and revive the lost heritage in the hills and celebrate all the positives the landscape has to offer.”
Kinross (Marshall) Museum Trust
The Kinross (Marshall) Museum Trust, which opened a museum in the new Loch Leven Community Campus in Kinross in 2010, looks after a rich collection of manuscripts, maps, photographs, books and artefacts relating to the history of the former County of Kinross-shire. In addition to mounting exhibitions and responding to the queries of researchers, the Trust engages in outreach activities with local schools and community organisations.
Quote from Trust Chairman, Professor David Munro, MBE:
"For the first time, a wide range of expertise and enthusiasm from both Fife and Kinross-shire has been brought together to engage people in exploring, enjoying and caring for this wonderfully diverse landscape."
Other Partnership Members
Markinch Heritage Group
Markinch Heritage Group exists to promote and protect the heritage of the town and to uncover its forgotten history. Funding would help the Group to reconnect the town to the Lomonds and to jump-start projects designed to bring alive the history and the heritage of the town. The partnership also provides an opportunity to work with other communities that once had close ties to Markinch. With good railway links to other parts of Scotland (perhaps with a refurbishing of the old station for community use) the town could once again be a fascinating place to visit on the way to the hills, bringing added prosperity to Fife’s ancient centre of justice.
Benarty Community Forum
A community group which is made up of representatives from groups and residents from the local area who have made a commitment to see the area developed and improved for the benefit of the local people.
Lomond Hills Regional Park Partnership
A working partnership of landowners, estate managers, farmers, public sector agencies, individuals and organisations that have an interest in the recreational use and its impact on the day to day life, of the land within and adjacent to the Park boundary.
The Rural Access Committee for Kinross-shire