Caring for Bath’s green surroundings is the job of The Bathscape Landscape Partnership Scheme which is now officially underway with staff in post to start developing what is described as an exciting and broad ranging partnership project.
Awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) development grant, Bathscape aims to connect people and communities with Bath’s unique landscape, guided by a partnership of local organisations.
Over the next few months Development Manager Dan Merrett and Community and Access Officer Lucy Bartlett will be out and about discussing Bathscape projects with residents and potential delivery partners to draw up a detailed delivery plan to submit to the Heritage Lottery Fund in June 2018.
“We are really excited to develop the wide range of projects that the Bathscape Partnership has outlined. There will be plenty of opportunities for residents to get involved in shaping the projects. We particularly want to overcome some of the barriers to accessing the countryside. Through Bathscape we are looking to increase people’s knowledge of what the landscape offers, provide information on its heritage and wildlife and improve access to it, as well as offering a range of activities to enjoy and care for the landscape,” said Dan Merrett.
The green hills surrounding the city of Bath.
Whilst the ‘on the ground’ activity will take place 2018 – 2023 , subject to HLF approval of the Round 2 HLF application, there will be pilots to test ideas during 2017/2018. These include Nature Watch sessions, an outdoor learning site, and a Bathscape Walking Festival that will take place from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 September 2017.
Information and updates will be posted on www.bathscape.co.uk. A summary of the projects in the Bathscape Landscape Partnership programme is available here.
You can contact the Bathscape team via email email@example.com or come and meet them at one of the public events they will be attending including World Heritage Day on Sunday 23 April, and Festival of Nature on Sunday 25 June, both in Parade Gardens, Bath.
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About Bathscape Partnership
The Bathscape Partnership exists to develop and deliver a programme of activity which brings a co-ordinated approach to the care of the landscape surrounding the City of Bath World Heritage Site.
A Landscape Partnership development grant of £176,800 has been awarded by HLF to enable the Bathscape Partnership to develop its plans and seek final approval for the full grant amount of £1.655,200 at a later date.
Partnership members are: B&NES Council, National Trust, Bath Preservation Trust, University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Curo, Wessex Water, Visit Bath, Avon Wildlife Trust, Cotswolds Conservation Board, Joint Local Access Forum, Federation of Bath Residents Associations, Wiltshire Council. The Partnership is supported by other bodies and organisations including Natural England and Historic England.
HLF Notes to editors
¹ HLF’s Landscape Partnership (LP) programme operates a two-stage grant approval process. Money has been set aside by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the scheme. The applicant initially receives development funding, then progresses to the second round and submits a further, fully-developed application to secure the full award. This early level of strong financial commitment means that Landscape Partnership projects can move forward with the assurance that funding for their scheme is in place provided that their final proposals fully meet the programme’s criteria.
² HLF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities. Grants range from £100,000 up to £3m. The next closing date for LP applications is May 2017.
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