A partnership of local organisations including the Cornwall AONB Unit, Cornwall Rural Communities Charity and Natural England, led by Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been successful in securing £2.7million, including £140,600 development funding, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its *Landscape Partnership Programme.
This funding will support a range of heritage activities across the Penwith peninsula, supporting conservation work, reconnecting local communities and creating many new jobs and training opportunities. Activities will focus on the historic environment, farming support, access and the Tinners’ Way as well as Cornish Hedges, rare butterflies, moorland, arts and Cornish language. There will also be many volunteering opportunities included in the Penwith Landscape Partnership Programme.
The project is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s £31million investment in 13 of the UK’s most distinctive landscapes. An introductory film, funded by the Cornwall AONB Unit has been produced by CRCC
The Cornwall AONB Partnership will lead on a number of aspects of the project including a comprehensive programme of volunteering, community planning and landscape monitoring.
“Penwith’s heritage is one of the richest to be found in Britain and, indeed, in Western Europe, with around 5,500 monuments ranging from prehistoric standing stones to engine houses. Internationally significant wetlands and heathlands support over 40 nationally significant species of wildlife.”
The Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network, a partner in the programme said,
“We are absolutely delighted that the Partnership has been successful in this bid to HLF. This will help to ensure the survival and protection of the much-loved ancient sites in Penwith for generations to come".
In 2014 a partnership of community groups and organizations called ‘First and Last – Penwith Landscape Partnership Board’ came together and agreed a vision for the Penwith landscape and worked together in consultation with the Penwith community to develop the Landscape Partnership programme.
Colette Beckham, Cornwall AONB Partnership Manager is thrilled that the project finally received its funding. "member organisations of the Cornwall AONB Partnership have worked really hard on this funding bid for four years, since the Partnership identified West Penwith as a priority area for action. Its been the flagship project in development over the 5 year period of the current Cornwall AONB Management Plan and we're so delighted for all involved, particularly the community 'Landscape Board' who have stuck with us for a long time."
Councillor Jim McKenna, Chairman of the Penwith Landscape Partnership Board said,
“One of the achievements of the Board has been that it has brought disparate groups and interests together with a common aim and this has been recognised by the Heritage Lottery Fund with the announcement that our bid has been successful, this is absolutely fantastic news and a huge amount of credit must go to Cornwall Wildlife Trust and particularly all the partners for the time and effort which has been given voluntarily.”
Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West said,
“Penwith’s beautiful landscape is full of ancient monuments shedding light on thousands of years of human history and important habitats for local wildlife. We’re delighted to support this project that will protect this precious landscape for future generations, and reconnect people with the natural heritage all around them.
Nerys Watts continues,
“Now in its eleventh year, our Landscape Partnership programme has revealed so many fascinating hidden histories as well as conserving our most breath-taking and iconic landmarks.
This has all been achieved thanks to National Lottery players.”
Members of the Board are: Cornwall Councilors representing 4 Penwith wards, Zennor Parish Council, farming representatives, a Penwith based micro-business, Cornwall Archaeological Society, National Trust, St Aubyn Estates, Farm Cornwall, Bolitho Estates, Penwith Access and Rights of Way (PAROW), Penwith Community Development Trust, Save Penwith Moors, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall AONB. Advisors to the Shadow Board include: Natural England, Cornwall Council Historic Environment Section and Cornwall Rural Community Charity.
Heritage Lottery Fund
• *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 to £3m. The next closing date for LP applications is 1 June 2016 for decisions in October 2016.
• More than 3,100 Land and Biodiversity projects have received over £1.2bn from HLF.
• Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery