£1.65m wind­fall to lift our land­scape

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Olivia Scull Print writer 01225 322273 olivi­aalexan­[email protected]­plc.com

A scheme to re­store Bath’s nat­u­ral her­itage has re­ceived £1.65 mil­lion from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. The Bath­scape Land­scape Part­ner­ship can now launch the de­liv­ery stage of project Bath­scape, which will bring to life 25 projects over the next five years that aim to re­store, and im­prove ac­cess to the UN­ESCO World Her­itage City’s land­scape. Bath­scape will also pro­vide a wide range of train­ing and skill de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple. The launch en­abled by this fund­ing was led by An­drew Grant, chair of Bath­scape Land­scape Part­ner­ship and founder and di­rec­tor of Bath based land­scape ar­chi­tect Grant As­so­ci­ates. Bath­scape is a part­ner­ship of con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions, com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses, uni­ver­si­ties and Bath & North East Som­er­set Coun­cil (BANES). Guests at the launch in­cluded Coun­cil­lor Karen Walker, Chair of BANES, and Coun­cil­lor Patrick An­ketell-jones, the Mayor of Bath, as well as other com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and stake­hold­ers. Match-fund­ing, to­gether with dona­tions from part­ners and vol­un­teers in the form of time and ma­te­rial, will in­crease the to­tal in­vested in the scheme to £2.2 mil­lion. Projects were de­vel­oped through 18 months of con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents, landown­ers and or­gan­i­sa­tions, and part­ner­ship will con­tinue to be at the heart of their de­liv­ery. The Bath­scape area cov­ers over 100 square kilo­me­tres, from Charmy Down in the north of the city to Combe Hay in the south, and from Kingsdown in the east to Corston in the west. Projects in the scheme in­clude: Im­prov­ing the con­di­tion and man­age­ment of im­por­tant wood­lands, grass­lands and his­toric land­scape fea­tures. Pro­vid­ing train­ing, op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­sources for lo­cal peo­ple to get in­volved in the study and en­hance­ment of the land­scape. A five-year pro­gramme of pub­lic events in­clud­ing the an­nual Bath­scape Walk­ing Fes­ti­val and healthy walk­ing groups linked to GP surg­eries. A way­marked ‘round Bath’ pro­moted walk­ing net­work Work­ing with schools and ed­u­ca­tion providers to en­cour­age out­door learn­ing and de­velop skills. Mr Grant said: “We are thrilled to see the of­fi­cial launch of Bath­scape – all thanks to Na­tional Lot­tery play­ers. Bath’s green set­ting is world fa­mous and con­sti­tutes an in­te­gral part of its World Her­itage City sta­tus. “Through these 25 projects we want to con­serve the her­itage of the land­scape but also to cre­ate ways for many more peo­ple to en­joy, un­der­stand, en­gage with and ben­e­fit from this amaz­ing as­set. “Along with more than 100,000 peo­ple, the area is home to a huge va­ri­ety of wildlife, fea­tures of his­toric, ge­o­log­i­cal and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal in­ter­est and abounds with cul­tural his­tory. “Over the next five years we will be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to join us in help­ing to pro­tect, and en­joy, our stun­ning lo­cal land­scape.”

Above and be­low, ar­eas that will be in­volved in the project to re­store the Bath area’s land­scape with the Her­itage Lot­tery fund­ing

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