Presentation on theme: "CHARNWOOD FOREST LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS"— Presentation transcript:
1 CHARNWOOD FOREST LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS Lesley Eddleston,Senior Landscape ArchitectLeicestershire County Council
2 Landscape Partnership projects Outcomes for heritageOutcomes for peopleOutcomes for communities20-30 projects across the nine outcomesProjects must be defined by the needs of both the landscape and the community and must ‘take a holistic approach to landscape character’Emphasise NEEDS – not just pet projects, must be able to demonstrate need and benefitProjects may run for full five years or may be one-off events – could be large scale or very small scale delivery, depending on what sort of organisation is delivering a particular project eg LCC might deliver a landscape grants scheme, or a parish council might deliver a village tree planting project
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 heritagepeople will have greater awareness of the complexity and value of Charnwood Forest’s natural and cultural heritage and its intimate relationship with geologythe condition of the features which contribute to Charnwood Forest’s landscape character will be improved and enhancedpeople will have better access to Charnwood Forest, linked to improved physical and mental health and wellbeingWill be up to the Landscape Partnership Board to define a vision but some initial personal thoughts
4 The big idea …. Geology is Charnwood Forest’s USP age of rocks geological storyfossils and mineralsaffects soils, vegetation, settlement, wildlife, landscapequarrying (and links with historic transport routes)What makes CF unique – the geology and the way it underlies everything about landscape character – thinking that this will provide theme for the bid.How do we use that to pull the bid together? – still grappling with that question
5 Themes and projects … Gateways - using existing sites around the Forest (eg Charnwood Museum,New Walk Museum, Bradgate Park, Beaumanor Hall, Snibston) to informand engage people;- a dedicated website as a central point for information about theForest, links to partner organisations, volunteeringopportunities, photo gallery, online access to geological collectionsAccess- 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 skillsOutcome of past few months of meetingsLots and lots of ideas – some worked up in detail; some ‘wouldn’t it be nice if’Still interested in ideas BUT we now need to firm up on broad project areas – sufficient detail to show HLF that they’re realisticGateway sites – could have webcam links to key sitesAccess – audit physical and walks provision; could include physical improvements to existing routes, making better links, improved public transportBut also much more eg Castle Hill Country Park link which could involve historic routes and local communitiesBid will recognise strong links between CF and surrounding communities – although can’t fund physical works outside the project boundaryStill not sure if we need a ‘big project’ to give the bid real impact – maybe something we can discuss later
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 owlFriends groupsReligion and the Forest – Ulverscroft Priory, Mt St Bernard’s, Grace Dieu, GarendonArtists in residence and projects to help individuals and communities celebrate the beauty of Charnwood Forest and its heritage through the artsWWII connections, particularly with Beaumanor but scattered throughout the areaFeasibility study for re-opening small scale quarry to provide local stone for works in Conservation AreasSchools - rural/urban twinning, learning about each others’ environmentsWildlife recording – ref Steve Woodward’s presentationFriends groups – quite a range of groups, but some major sites don’t have them. Set up new groups, learn from each other – bringing different parts of the Forest togetherFriends groups – Holly Hayes great example – could we have a community wood with a friends group for every community?Religion – also pre-Christian traditionsNOT EXHAUSTIVE – this and previous slide represent what we believe from our series of meetings to date to be goers … but you may think otherwise
7 Application exampleIdentify any possible projects that have been discussed by yourpartnershipPrivate 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 £330,000Key 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 £200,000Opportunities 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 £120,000Selected projects (3 of 13) from the successful Limestone Journeys LP application in Derbyshire – text has been cut down, but gives an idea of the level of detail needed for Round 1 – though obviously projects need to be developed in enough detail to cost realistically.Limestone JourneysTotal scheme cost c £2.5 million. Total grant requested c £1.9 million.
8 Discussion … Are we heading in the right direction? Have we got broadly the right themes/projects?What can you contribute?Over to youAre we heading in the right direction?Reaching a stage where we need to firm up ideas, but we will try to make the bid submission as flexible as we can. Those who were at the May meeting may remember Hester Kapur’s presentation from the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership – some R1 projects simply didn’t run when it came to work them up at R2Have we got the right themes and projects?Have you got any money?!