Living Landscapes are where people and nature come together. They are projects that involve restoring, recreating and reconnecting wildlife habitats, whilst improving community links and promoting local economies. They are all about sharing and appreciating beautiful landscapes today, whilst safeguarding them for the future.
Many organisations work to conserve living landscapes. The HLF Landscape Partnerships programme is for schemes led by partnerships of local, regional and national interests which aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character throughout the UK.
Landscape Partnership Schemes are what they say they are –
they’re about looking after a particular landscape...and they are about partnership
Bill Jenman, Project Manager Touching the Tide
In addition to Breaking New Ground, there is currently one other Landscape Partnership Scheme in East Anglia, with more in development. Click on the links below to find out more.
In the heart of the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Fens, this scheme focuses on the distinctive rural, open and tranquil landscape surrounding the Ouse Washes.
The area targeted by the OWLP scheme is a large area of wetlands and washland set within productive agricultural land. The area focuses on the Old Bedford and New Bedford Rivers in the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Fens and includes the RSPB nature reserves to its south, near St Ives and Fen Drayton. This unique landscape area includes or abuts a large number of vibrant small settlements and is close to the market towns and cities of Downham Market, Chatteris, March, Littleport, Ely, Cambridge and St. Ives.
This scheme is now finished, but from 2013-July 2016 it focused on the Suffolk Coast and the issues concerned with coastal change.
Many people see coastal change as the biggest potential threat to this landscape, but the way that this coast has always been changing is also what makes it such a special place. Touching the Tide aims to help people make well informed choices about the future of the coast.
Click here for a fun animation about the project http://vimeo.com/111130105
Water, Mills and Marshes, a Landscape Partnership for the Broads. This scheme will work to further conserve and enhance the built and natural heritage of the area between Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Acle and Loddon following the course of the rivers Yare, Bure and Waveney.
Click on the links below for further information