Nearly £1m granted to OWLP scheme!

LogosYes! It is in the bag!

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just announced that the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme will indeed receive £905,100 of HLF funding!

Since the partnership’s stage 2 bid in November 2013, the three files of paperwork we handed in have been assessed by the HLF’s regional team. Following this, the HLF’s East of England’s Regional Committee convened late last week to make the final, very positive, decision.

The Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, Robyn Llewellynn said:

“What really impressed us about this project was the clear vision for celebrating the Ouse Washes. From working with people who live and visit the area, to developing innovative schemes to help wildlife thrive and flourish, our funding will connect the Fen stories of the past with opportunities for the future.”

Following the excellent news we have just received, we are now ready to start the partnership’s delivery phase, which will run until March 2017.

Watch this space: we will shortly get much more information out as to what is going to happen in your area and how you can get involved in our learning, access, conservation, engagement, volunteering, events and training programme.

We hope to see you soon at one of the many project activities and events we have lined up for you, to discover, protect and celebrate the unique Ouse Washes heritage.

See here the press release we sent out this week: Press Release_Ouse Washes LP_1 million from HLF (or download it from our Resources section).

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The Ouse Washes LP landscape; Kite Aerial Photography by Bill Blake Heritage Documentation, All Rights Reserved

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Our Stage 2 Application is in!

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Stage 2 submission is in

We have done it! It has, undeniably, been hard work, but the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership has managed to get all the necessary paperwork together for its stage 2 submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund. I had the great pleasure to personally hand in a full three files of paperwork at the HLF’s East of England’s regional office, yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday was also our deadline for submission, to ensure a 1 April 2014 start for our delivery phase.

Thanks ever so much to everyone who has helped over the last 11 months to get to this stage!

Our submission included the partnership’s Landscape Conservation Action Plan (>400 pages), all five commissioned research reports, and a whole series of supporting documents (which includes such things as a partnership agreement, budget and cash flows, job specs, timetable, consents).

What happens next?

The Heritage Lottery Fund will assess our application and let us know in March 2014 whether the remainder of the earmarked budget (£905,700) will be released to the partnership. We believe we are in a very good position, but unfortunately will have to wait a while before we know for certain.

Although the partnership’s projects for the delivery in 2014 – 2017 have now been worked out in full and in great detail, there is still some work that needs doing in the next few months, before we can actually start doing things on the ground; this includes further promotion work, writing briefs for e.g. our website, liaison with partners and related projects and initiatives and recruiting extra staff.

I will also use this intermediate period to continue keeping you informed of further developments, and provide you with more information about what the partnership will actually do next year – so, do keep an eye out for further blog posts.

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Lock keeper cottage at Welches Dam (Manea parish)