The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the UK has recently made two announcements for funding of parks and natural. The first announcement was for £30.7m for 16 coastal, country and city parks from Aberdeen to Dorset to be restored and transformed. The second announcement was for £9million for Scotland’s landscapes from the lochs of North Lanarkshire and the coastline and uplands of Coigach and Assynt to the breeding grounds of the golden eagle in southern Scotland conserved and made more accessible, giving people the opportunity to experience the health, learning and social benefits of the great outdoors.
For the 16 park projects receiving funding more than 6,000 volunteers and trainees will be involved in everything from archaeological excavations and river clean ups to prevent flooding, to gaining a qualification in woodland management or becoming a horticultural apprentice. It was found in a State of UK Public Parks report that communities are beginning to take on a greater role in parks and that innovative ways of funding need to be found.
Training opportunities, particularly for young people, will be offered to build skills in conservation, horticulture and customer services. The park’s incredibly active friends group will continue to play a key role in the future of the park.
The funding for the Scottish landscapes includes Seven Lochs, Scotland’s largest urban nature park is to be created spanning the Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire boundary; Coighach & Assynt Living Landscapes Partnership which covers an area of 606km², the Landscape Partnership project, part of a wider 40-year vision; RiverLife: Almond & Avon covering 190km and flowing through West Lothian, Falkirk and the City of Edinburgh Council areas, the Almond and Avon Rivers were at the forefront of the industrial revolution, stimulating the rise of mills, mining and agriculture and shaping the communities along their banks.
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