In September 2014 the Partnership secured £1.7 million from Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been supporting living landscapes and other heritage projects since 1994. They are the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK – see other HLF funded landscape partnerships
As Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “Our countryside is a precious asset under ever-increasing pressure. HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme has gone from strength to strength, encouraging long-term partnerships and innovative ways of working. The result has been greater understanding, access and appreciation of our natural environment for the people living and working in and visiting these areas. We’re delighted to confirm our support for such an important scheme. This investment will leave a lasting legacy of landscape conservation and management.”
The HLF has a range of grant programmes, awarding grants upwards of £3,000 to support innovative as well as tried-and-tested approaches, and welcomes proposals that are pioneering in concept and delivery.
To find out more about Heritage Lottery Fund then visit their website
Building the bid
Pre DerwentWISE, the partnership carried out extensive consultation with local people, businesses and communities in the Lower Derwent Valley. Amongst other things, this included: focus groups; events for farmers, woodland managers and landowners; interviews with youth groups and young adults; and questionnaires in schools and online.
The majority of the application is based on the Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP). This is an all embracing document which analyses the landscape, assesses the problems and makes a case for investing in an area which we all know as very special indeed.
You can access the LCAP document here
The LCAP was compiled by the scheme development officer Kevin Mann and colleagues at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust; however, it is a collaborative document with significant contributions from other partners