MACDONALD WELCOMES HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING BOOST FOR INNER FORTH LANDSCAPE INITIATIVE
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:34
Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming the Heritage Lottery Fund’s announcement that RSPB Scotland, on behalf of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, has received an earmarked first-round pass of £1,975,900, including £75,900 development funding through its Landscape Partnership programme.
Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is a pioneering partnership project aiming to enhance the landscape and celebrate the history of the Inner Forth. It sees local government, charities, and agencies working together with local people to deliver an ambitious vision for the area. The partnership is formed of RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Historic Scotland, Clackmannanshire Council, Stirling Council, Falkirk Council, Central Scotland Forest Trust, TCV Scotland, and SUSTRANS.
Its intention is to reveal the hidden cultural, historical and natural wealth of the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth, restore and conserve important features, open up access, and ultimately leave a legacy of a richer landscape and new facilities for all.
Commenting on the funding announcement, Mr MacDonald said: “I am delighted that the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative has secured nearly £76,000 of funding and that the Heritage Lottery Fund recognises the potential of what can be achieved. I hope that the partnership continues their high standard to work and prepares a final proposal that attracts the additional £2 million of Lottery funding.
“The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative will play a vital role in improving the landscape for the coastal communities of South Alloa, Dunmore, Airth, Skinflats, Grangemouth, Bo'ness, and Blackness. It will have a lasting and positive impact on the people and wildlife for generations to come.”