The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme aims to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales, enabling more people to connect with, enjoy and benefit from this inspirational landscape. Thanks to National Lottery players it has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Fund.
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The natural heritage projects focus on three key areas:
Geological Foundations – the development phase has gone a long way to revealing the area’s geology. The delivery phase will focus on its conservation and how it is interpreted, promoting understanding for the benefit of residents and visitors.
A Wealth of Wildlife – the Westmorland Dales has some of the best species-rich meadows and grasslands in Cumbria; their conservationwill be the focus for one of the projects. The area’s rivers and woodlands have declined over the years; one project will focus on the restoration of sections of river (the Lyvennet and Scandal Beck) and in doing so help natural flood management and other natural processes while another will focus on the restoration of some of the area’s woodlands and planting new woodlands.
Pastoral Farming – the future of upland hill farming will be largely determined by Government policy post-Brexit, but one project will specifically support farming, the related skills that have created the landscape and awareness of its importance.
The delivery of all these projects draws on the expertise, experience, contacts, volunteers and commitment of the following partner organisations: Cumbria Geoconservation, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, the Eden Rivers Trust and the Farmer Network.
The project will involve the designation and conservation of key geological sites throughout the Westmorland Dales, the interpretation of its geology through a range of media, and engagement with schools and the wider public.
The conservation of species-rich grassland in the Westmorland Dales area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The engagement of others in their conservation process and increase appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of the habitat.
The creation of new woodland and hedgerows, the planting of individual trees and restoration of existing treed habitats to increase the habitat connectivity and create a resilient landscape in the Westmorland Dales.
Restoration of reaches of Scandal Beck and River Lyvennet, for the benefit of people and wildlife. Working with and through natural processes to improve habitats and slow the flow of water in the upper catchment alleviating, flood risk downstream in more populous areas.
This project seeks to help build the capacity of the farming community to enable their businesses to continue to sustain the rich cultural heritage of the area and communicate how they manage the landscape to members of the public.