Funding Boost for Morecambe Bay

Protection of the  famous views in  Morecambe Bay received a huge boost today with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announcing that the Morecambe Bay Landscape Partnership has been earmarked for  an award of £2million through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme to support schemes  that provide long-term social, economic and environmental benefits for the bay.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the HLF sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects, allocating £4.6bn across the UK

Morecambe Bay is famed for its vast inter-tidal sand and mudflats, spectacular views and outstanding diversity of wildlife.  The Morecambe Bay Partnership’s vision for this landscape will promote the natural and cultural heritage of the Bay whilst also helping to address potential issues associated with climate change. The application proposes that a range of training opportunities, including archaeological fieldwork, oral history workshops, surveying, habitat management and restoration, guide training and sustainable farming, will be developed in order to give local people a greater sense of ownership and knowledge to maintain the area in the future.

The HLF uses money raised the the National Lottery to sustain and transform a wide range of heritage for present and future generations. In the Landscape Partnership programme, the Morecmabe Bay project has achieved a ‘first-round pass’ with £2million set aside, meaning that initial support has been granted, but the full funding is subject to the acceptance of a final, fully developed application, to be submit February 2012.

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