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Scotland Receives Natural Heritage Boost

Scotland Receives Natural Heritage Boost

Four major natural heritage projects in Scotland have been awarded a total of £9 million in grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over £100 million has now been awarded to help preserve Scotland’s natural heritage, and the latest projects to benefit are Seven Lochs Wetland Park, the Living Landscapes Partnership, RiverLife: Almond & Avon and the South of Scotland Golden Eagle project.

The Seven Lochs Wetland Park project has received an award of £4,461,800 to help create the largest urban nature park in Scotland. The new park will integrate existing heritage sites, including Provan Hall in Easterhouse, five nature reserves and a number of sites that are of archaeological interest. Stradding the boundary between Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire, this project is so-called because the area boasts no fewer than seven lochs.

The Living Landscapes Partnership is led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and will regenerate and reconnect native woodland in the Coigach and Assynt region, create a new educational project with schools, renovate pathways and excavate the Clachtoll Broch Iron Age settlement. A cultural learning programme will also be set up to teach people about the heritage of the areas. This project has received a Heritage Lottery Fund award of £2,900,000.

RiverLife: Almond & Avon has received £1,658,700 to help people near the Almond and Avon Rivers get reacquainted with their waterside heritage and to implement initiatives which are designed to improve conditions for both wildlife and nearby communities. Conservation work will be carried out, pathways will be improved and various public events will be organised to increase awareness of the environment and to train individuals to become better stewards of it.

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle project is designed to increase the Golden Eagle population in the area by introducing eaglets from other parts of Scotland. Local landowners, conservation groups and statutory bodies will work together to promote awareness of the stunning birds of prey and support their wellbeing in the area. This project has received a first round pass of £1,150,00, which includes a development grant worth £50,900.

‘As the summer weather encourages people outside to explore, we’re delighted to be able to help these projects conserve precious places while making them more available for people to enjoy,’ said Lucy Casot, who is Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland. ‘We know from ecological surveys that our natural heritage is being lost yet it is crucial for our survival.

‘Thanks to players of the National Lottery, Scotland’s natural heritage has benefited from over £100m of HLF investment. From helping save tiny pollinating insects to encouraging new partnerships to managing huge landscape-scale projects, we are proud of what has been achieved in the effort to both preserve and share Scotland’s incredible natural environment.’

Money raised through lottery ticket sales helps a variety of Good Causes, and heritage is just one area that is supported by players. Thanks to lottery participants, the Heritage Lottery Fund is the largest funder of heritage in the country, and has awarded more than £7.1 billion to tens of thousands of projects since 1994. 

Published: Thursday 28th July 2016

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