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Gamelands Stone Circle Stone Circle near Orton, Westmorland Dales

A7 – Landscape, geology & cultural heritage

Deliver co-ordinated programmes of activity that enhance the distinctive landscape, geology and cultural heritage of the ‘Ingleborough Dales’ (by 2020) and the ‘Westmorland Dales’ (by 2023).

How are we doing on this objective

Progress: With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, completed the first year of the £3.5 million Westmorland Dales Landsape Partnership programme to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales. Over £147,000 was provided to local projects, including:

  • Designating 11 new local geological sites;
  • Restoring 4.3 ha of meadow;
  • Planting 6.7 ha of woodland;
  • Starting volunteer surveys of Great Asby Scar and traditional farm buildings;
  • Excavation of lime kiln undertaken with volunteers at Pendragon Castle;
  • 320 volunteer days completed; 35 events organised/attended, 1,350 people and 300 children engaged;

Completed year 4 of the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership programme, providing almost £200,000 for local projects, including:

  • Restoration of 3 farm buildings (10 in total);
  • Projects to conserve and interpret historical landscape features, including the restoration of 19th-century milestones;
  • Restoration of a further 800m of dry stone wall (3 km in total);
  • Conservation projects to support white-clawed crayfish and red squirrels;
  • Publications and reports relating to archaeological projects and local history.

Rationale: The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Landscape Partnership Programme funds local partnerships that aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character, improve their management and help people connect with them.  A Landscape Partnership scheme is made up of many small projects, often grouped under themes, within a defined landscape character area.  These individual projects are brought together in a way that achieves a long-term legacy for the area.

Lead partnersYorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; Friends of the Lake District

Supporting partnersNatural England; Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; Woodland Trust, Tarmac; HansonCumbria Geoconservation; Eden Rivers Trust; Cumbria Farm Environment Partnership; the Farmer Network; Lunesdale Archaeology Society; Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Further information:  Ingleborough Dales; Westmorland Dales

Cost over 5 years:  £4,500,000

Funding shortfall:   None.

Related objectives: A3; A4; A5; A6; A9; B2; B4; B7; B9; C1; C2; D1; D2; D5; E3; E7; F6

Ecosystem services: Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history; Recreation; Biodiversity; Geodiversity

Trade-offs:   Some activities could potentially conflict (e.g. woodland creation vs managing archaeological features).  In practice, all programmes are carefully assessed and managed to ensure that activity does not conflict with other conservation objectives.

Baseline: March 2018: Ingleborough Dales in year 2 of 4 year programme. Westmorland Dales bid about to be submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund.