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Pendle Hill to receive £1.8m Heritage Lottery support

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Pendle Hill, one of Lancashire's most distinctive landscapes, is set to benefit from a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Landscape Partnership programme.

The Pendle Hill project wants to link local people to the scenery and heritage of this special historic landscape, set in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

This lottery funding will be used to restore important wildlife and landscape features, tell the stories of Pendle people from the past, explore the geology and heritage of the hill, and inspire others to enjoy the area.

It will also be used to improve access to the hill, improve wildlife sites, and offer opportunities to volunteers and trainees. Old walls and hedgerows will be restored by the scheme, and traditional rural crafts will be revived.

The project will also restore important grasslands and woodlands. Apprenticeships will be offered to young people who want to pursue a career outdoors, and learning opportunities for schools and groups will be available.

Plans also include improving and waymarking walking routes and opening them up, so that they are accessible for people of all abilities.

Information points at Barley, Downham, Spring Wood and the Nick of Pendle will be enhanced and local tourism and food providers will be encouraged and supported to help to promote the area.

Creative activity will be encouraged and a heritage app, village treasure trails and walking guides will be produced.

A series of exciting projects will enhance people’s experience and understanding of this compelling hill for both local people and visitors.

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership is managed by the AONB, and is made up of organisations including Lancashire County Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council and Pendle Council. Other partners involved in this project are Natural England, RSPB, Ribble Rivers Trust, Pendle Heritage and Pendle Leisure Trust.

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, chair of the Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership said: "This is great news. This grant will help to safeguard the heritage and environment of this much-loved Lancashire landmark.

"Pendle Hill is part of our history. It's a very special place and I welcome the opportunity to preserve and develop it for future generations."

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said:" We’re proud to be working in partnership to share Pendle Hill’s stunning landscape and compelling history with wider audiences.

“It’s fantastic news that this exciting project has won major funding and that the hard work has paid off.

“Together we can enhance people’s experience of Pendle Hill, whether they live locally or are visiting from across the UK and overseas.”

Robert Thompson, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s representative on the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership, said: “Pendle Hill is an iconic landmark, with a rich history, heritage, culture and ecology.

“This windfall will allow us to preserve and improve this important landscape at a time when the local visitor economy is booming.

“We look forward to working on this important project over the coming years as members of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Board.”

More information about the project is available at www.forestofbowland.com/Pendle-Hill-LP, or by visiting the project's Facebook page - pendlehillproject.

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