A grant of £1,684,100 has been given initial approval¹ by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme², it was announced today. The grant will be used to help conserve, enhance, understand and learn about this very special area.
Cranborne Chase is a dramatic and historic chalk landscape. Along with a sense of remoteness, tranquillity and dark night skies, Cranborne Chase offers a deep sense of place.
The Cranborne Chase Landscape Partnership focuses on the traditional heart of a Medieval royal hunting ground and the river valley to the north known locally as the Chalke Valley. There have always been historical, natural and social links between the valley and the Chase downland which the LP scheme will explore and reinforce. A broad range of activities will allow people to conserve, enhance, understand and learn about their unique heritage.
Starting early in 2017, local people will be developing the projects and activities to be delivered through the scheme. The projects will also build on the links with the surrounding market towns such as Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Wimborne and Warminster. The programme will continue until 2024.
AONB Director Linda Nunn said, “We are absolutely delighted to have received this wonderful grant. It will transform our ability to conserve and enhance this truly outstanding area.”
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“Our historic landscapes are incredibly important to people’s wellbeing and need to be protected. Some of the landscapes we are funding today are in the most remote parts of the UK; others form an important backdrop to some of our largest cities. What they all have in common is the potential to make people’s lives better, which is why they are so richly deserving of National Lottery money.”
A development grant of £105,400 has been awarded by HLF to enable the Cranborne Chase AONB to develop its plans and seek final approval for the full grant amount of nearly £1.7 million at a later date.
¹ HLF’s Landscape Partnership (LP) programme operates a two-stage grant approval process. Today’s announcement means that money has been set aside by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the scheme. The applicant initially receives development funding, then progresses to the second round and submits a further, fully-developed application to secure the full award. This early level of strong financial commitment means that Landscape Partnership projects can move forward with the assurance that funding for their scheme is in place provided that their final proposals fully meet the programme’s criteria.
² HLF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities. Grants range from £100,000 up to £3m. The next closing date for LP applications is May 2017.