National Lottery invests £31m in landscapes across UK

HLF have announced a £31m investment in 13 of the UK's most distinctive landscapes, including the home of the infamous 17th-century Pendle Witches.

Pendle Hill. Image: Alastair Lee
Pendle Hill. Image: Alastair Lee
The funding, which was announced just in time for Halloween, will impact 3,000km² of countryside, supporting conservation work, reconnecting local communities and creating new jobs and training opportunities.

Rory Stewart, Environment Minister, said: "This is wonderful news. The Heritage Lottery Fund is now playing an absolutely central role in conserving and restoring our landscape."

HLF head of landscape and natural heritage Drew Bennellick added: "Landscapes are more than just beautiful scenery: they are the backdrop to some of history's most notorious events. What better way to mark Halloween than to look at how Pendle Hill with its bleak peat bogs and rugged heather moorland was witness to the witchcraft trials phenomenon that spread right across Lancashire in the 1600s."

The 13 areas benefiting from HLF's investment stretch from the Orkney Isles in Scotland to Penwith's peninsula on the south western tip of mainland England. Highlighting the extraordinary range of the UK's natural heritage - from a World Heritage Site to Britain's largest protected wetland, the areas are:

  • Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire
  • Water, Mills and Marshes – The Broads Landscape Partnership, Norfolk
  • 'Our Picturesque Landscape', Dee Valley, North East Wales
  • Callander's Pass – Mind the Gap – Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
  • 'Elan Links – People, Nature & Water', Mid Wales
  • 'Living Levels' Partnership, Gwent, South Wales
  • North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme, Orkney Islands, Scotland
  • Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
  • Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • 'Nenescape: Revealing the Hidden Stories of the Nene Valley', Northampton
  • Brightwater Landscape Partnership, County Durham
  • 'Revitalising Redesdale', Northumberland
  • 'First and Last – Our Living Working Landscape', Penwith, Cornwall

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