Glenrothes twin peaks receive £1.8m grant

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THE volcanic Lomond Hills under which Glenrothes nestles has been given Heritage Lottery Funding.

The distinctive volcanic landscape of the Lomond Hills has been given a grant of £1.8m.

This investment, which is set to attract further cash in matched funding, will enable the conservation of these unique landscapes by supporting schemes that provide long-term social, economic and environmental benefits, said the heritage body..

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “The summer sunshine of the past week has served to remind us just how beautiful Scotland is - but the inherent beauty of our natural landscapes needs to be managed if we are to prevent it from becoming overgrown, inaccessible and unable to sustain our indigenous species.

“The Landscape Partnership programme does just that, and more. What communities have often already started on a small scale, HLF is delighted to take forward, bringing real cohesion to the natural and built heritage of a region and reconnecting people with what often lies overlooked on their doorstep.”

The Landscape Partnership is a programme which helps conserve landscape by helping forge public and community partnerships. People work together, through many interlinked projects, to tackle the environmental needs of their local landscape, conserving and restoring the natural and built heritage while celebrating the history and heritage of the area.

Over the past six years, HLF has been helping protect some of Scotland’s most treasured landscapes, from Orkney’s Scapa Flow to the floodplains of the River Tweed, thanks to an investment totalling over £8.5m.

The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership – First round pass of £1,800,400 including Development grant of £90,600

The Living Lomonds focuses on a 162km2 area in the Lomond Hills and communities to the north and south of them, including Falkland, Scotland’s first conservation village, and also historic mining communities such as Benarty on the other side of the Lomond Hills. The hills, dominated by two distinctive volcanic plugs and the lowland plain between are home to significant cultural and natural heritage and support a wide variety of wildlife such as ospreys, peregrine falcons, hen harriers, red squirrels and green tiger beetles.

Led by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, the Landscape Partnership aims to reconnect people with the hills so that they can understand, enjoy and celebrate the built and natural heritage that they share. Woodlands, dry-stone walls and historic pilgrim routes will be restored and new all access paths created. Volunteering, training and employment opportunities will be created in heritage skills.

Amanda McFarlane, chief executive of FCCT said: “We are delighted to have secured this initial development funding, which will enable significant investment in the landscape area. We will work closely with local communities to help make a real difference to their environment.

The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership is made up of the following partner organisations: Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (Lead Partner), The Centre for Stewardship based on Falkland Estate, Markinch Heritage Group, Lomond Hills Regional Park Partnership and Fife Council.