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CHARNWOOD FOREST LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS Lesley Eddleston, Senior Landscape Architect Leicestershire County Council.

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1 CHARNWOOD FOREST LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS Lesley Eddleston, Senior Landscape Architect Leicestershire County Council

2 Landscape Partnership projects Outcomes for heritage Outcomes for people Outcomes for communities projects across the nine outcomes Projects must be defined by the needs of both the landscape and the community and must take a holistic approach to landscape character

3 What do we want to achieve? By 2020 : people living in and around Charnwood Forest will understand and take pride in its internationally significant geological heritage people will have greater awareness of the complexity and value of Charnwood Forests natural and cultural heritage and its intimate relationship with geology the condition of the features which contribute to Charnwood Forests landscape character will be improved and enhanced people will have better access to Charnwood Forest, linked to improved physical and mental health and wellbeing

4 The big idea …. Geology is Charnwood Forests USP - age of rocks - geological story - fossils and minerals - affects soils, vegetation, settlement, wildlife, landscape - quarrying (and links with historic transport routes)

5 Themes and projects … Gateways - using existing sites around the Forest (eg Charnwood Museum, New Walk Museum, Bradgate Park, Beaumanor Hall, Snibston) to inform and engage people; - a dedicated website as a central point for information about the Forest, links to partner organisations, volunteering opportunities, photo gallery, online access to geological collections Access - links to/from the Forest for surrounding communities - what have we got? - what do we need? Landscape management - grants for management works - grants for small vernacular structures - training in landscape management skills

6 Other projects … Schools links – local and international Wildlife recording – village bioblitz or garden observations - training in recording skills - recording projects for particular species eg tawny owl Friends groups Religion and the Forest – Ulverscroft Priory, Mt St Bernards, Grace Dieu, Garendon Artists in residence and projects to help individuals and communities celebrate the beauty of Charnwood Forest and its heritage through the arts WWII connections, particularly with Beaumanor but scattered throughout the area Feasibility study for re-opening small scale quarry to provide local stone for works in Conservation Areas

7 Application example Identify any possible projects that have been discussed by your partnership Private landowners/organisations in the area will be encouraged to conserve natural and man made landscape features and to take up small Landscape Conservation Grants to help do this eg reinstating drystone walls on the approaches to villages £330,000 Key landscape features caused by human activity, such as historic industrial transport routes, will be conserved and enhanced. A major project will be the upgrading of the Archaeological Way to form a walking and cycling 'spine' through the area. £200,000 Opportunities for communities to contribute to landscape conservation through learning new skills in a Community Skills Programme. New volunteers in practical conservation and environmental improvement work will receive informal and on the job training. £120,000

8 Discussion … Are we heading in the right direction? Have we got broadly the right themes/projects? What can you contribute?


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