After 18 months’ development work, the Round 2 application to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has now been submitted on behalf of the broader partnership. At the heart of the bid is the Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) which can be viewed at this link.

It sets out what makes the area so special and how we plan to conserve it for the future. However, National Lottery funding is declining and competition is expected to be fierce so, despite the strength of the bid, success is not guaranteed. A decision is expected in December 2018.

Assuming the bid is successful the delivery phase of the scheme will commence in spring 2019 and run for 4 years. Our vision remains to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from its inspirational landscape. 21 projects have been developed over 3 broad programmes of work relating to natural and cultural heritage and what connect them. The total value of the scheme is estimated at £3.45m, with £2.27m from HLF and £1.18 match funding in cash and volunteer time. The scheme will be delivered through a broad partnership of organisations working closely with communities in the area. Friends of the Lake District will continue to be the lead partner with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as the accountable body. The Friends of the Lake District’s Little Asby Common, which lies at the heart of the Westmorland Dales, will be the focus for one of the archaeological projects.

Many thanks to everyone who has made an input to the scheme to date, supported the bid and provided match funding. Fingers crossed for a successful outcome.