The Galloway Glens Scheme has provisionally secured £2.7million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to be spent on projects up and down the Ken/Dee Valley, from Carsphairn in the North to Kirkcudbright in the South. The aim is to ‘connect people and communities with their heritage’ and will focus on protecting and making best use of the unique cultural and natural heritage of the area. Full details available on the Scheme’s website, www.gallowayglens.org.
The Scheme has two main focal points at this time: Firstly the studies underway which are investigating larger scale, strategic projects that could be supported through the scheme (list of studies available here: http://www.gallowayglens.org/resources/), and secondly working with potential project partners who had submitted project ideas for consideration by the Board.
Over 80 project ideas were considered by the Board in October, with approximately 50 asked to develop to the next stage and work on a more detailed application form to be submitted by 02 December.
McNabb Laurie, the Galloway Glens Development Officer, wanted to thank everyone involved in the Scheme to date, and particularly those working on the development of projects, “the engagement we have had up and down the valley has been just superb and I am really grateful to everyone who is putting their time into the project development.”
McNabb added, “The Galloway Glens Partnership Board meet in mid-January and after that we should be in a position to draw up and publish a list of projects that are still in the mix and therefore likely to form part of the delivery stage, scheduled to run from 2018-2023.”