Some important decisions were made at our first Project Board meeting late last week, taking the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme to the next level. The Project Board consists of representatives from various partner organisations, together covering a wide range of interests: local communities; wildlife; historic environment; water management; farmers & land owners; public access; museums; and churches.
These Board Meetings take place every two months throughout the year; these are important focal points where decisions are made which concern the whole partnership.
One of the decisions made concerned the Vision, as well as the strategic Aims and Objectives for the whole of the LP scheme. A unanimous decision was made that we stick to the previously defined Vision, Aims and Objectives, as they were originally developed for the stage 1 bid. The Heritage Lottery Fund was particularly impressed with the stage 1 bid, as commented on in a previous post. This is also demonstrated in the HLF’s comments on our vision:
“The Scheme has a strong Vision … They have clearly given a lot of thought to it and I especially liked “A place that links the stories of the past and the possibilities of the future”, demonstrating they understand the importance of linking past experience with future activity (comment HLF appointed mentor, May 2012)”
Well, what’s our Vision? It is this:
The Ouse Washes will be:
A place managed for the needs of all its inhabitants and visitors,
A place for people to thrive and wildlife to flourish,
A place that links the stories of the past and the possibilities of the future.
The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is, thus, very much focused on people – locals and visitors alike – and on leaving a clear legacy. This legacy, in the shape of a sustainable future for the landscape, its heritage and communities, will be based on a clear understanding of the past interactions of people with their environment in this landscape: by learning from the past, we can decide on the best future direction.
Hence, education, training and community participation will form important elements of the scheme, in particular in all the projects which will take place during the Delivery phase (which starts in April 2014): education, to make people more aware of the uniqueness of this landscape; community participation, to provide a greater connection with the landscape and to provide a ‘sense of place’; and training, to provide people with skills in order to sustain the landscape’s special character.
Read more about our Aims and Objectives, which follow logically from the overarching Vision, in this document:
Further information about our aims for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership can be found on this page.
Let us know what you think: do you agree with the HLF’s comments? Is this indeed the right direction for the Ouse Washes? Has anything been overlooked?