The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme taking place up and down the Ken and Dee river catchment, from Carsphairn in the North to Kirkcudbright in the South. £2.7million has been provisionally secured from HLF to be spent on projects across the area that ‘connect people to their cultural, built and natural heritage’.
The scheme is approaching the end of the development phase, aiming to submit the detailed Stage 2 application to HLF shortly. The Scheme is going to try to address six main challenges through its delivery stage, each with a dedicated programme of work:
|Challenge||Programme of Work|
|1) The area has a rich natural, cultural & built heritage not fully embraced/exploited by locals or accessible to visitors – at risk of mis-interpretation or omission||Understanding the Galloway Glens|
|2) Demographics – projected decline in population + departure of young people||Education & Heritage Skills in the Galloway Glens|
|3) A low wage region, with low margin businesses limits the resilience of the local economy||Visiting the Galloway Glens|
|4) Natural Heritage offering perceived as ‘peripheral’ or ‘inaccessible’||Accessing the Galloway Glens|
|5) Under-utilised community assets not fulfilling potential||Heritage Hubs of the Galloway Glens|
|6) Human impact on the landscape with negative environmental impacts.||Natural Landscape of the Galloway Glens|
These programmes of work consist of a range of projects, with a current list detailed HERE. This will be subject to final changes and amends at the end of this development phase.
McNabb Laurie, the Scheme’s Development Officer, added: “The Partnership Board have been clear in seeking a genuinely local flavour and aims when compared to the other 100 or so Landscape Partnerships supported by the HLF across the UK, and thanks to everyone who has got involved so far. We are now pulling together all of the elements into a coherent vision for the local landscape and submit it to HLF. The focus will then be on helping our projects raise match funding from a whole range of other sources. We hope to start our 5 years of on-the-ground activity in 2018.”
Chairman of the Partnership Board of the Galloway Glens, Sir Alex Fergusson, was happy with progress so far, adding “We are trying to highlight the special qualities of the area and support ambitious projects that will leave a strong legacy outlasting the Scheme. I am excited about the range of partners and projects in the mix and can’t wait for things to get underway”.
Attached Photo: An Aerial photo of Glenlochar Barrage and Bridge – image rights: Galloway Glens Scheme
Background Info: Also see paper going to D&G Council’s June Economy, Environment & Infrastructure Committee meeting, HERE