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‘Genuine Interest’ From Community For New ‘Heart of Ancient Ulster’ Landscape Partnership Scheme

06 February 2018

Local people from the community and voluntary sectors in the lower Sperrins plateau have shown a ‘genuine interest’ in the new initiative ‘The Heart of Ancient Ulster Landscape Partnership Scheme’.

More than 150 people, many braving inclement weather, gathered in 8 community venues situated between Mid Ulster District Council and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in a series of consultation events to hear about the scheme, created with Heritage Lottery funding to conserve and protect the outstanding prehistoric landscape of the lower Sperrins and reconnect the local community to its unique natural, built and cultural heritage.

Moira O’Rourke, Development Officer said;

I would like to thank those people who attended the various events and I am delighted to say there is a real genuine interest in heritage locally and those I have met and spoken with welcome the challenge that lies ahead and realise the change it will make to their lives.

“The enthusiasm and energy was overwhelming and the audience engaged well in discussions and ideas for projects which was positive and encouraging.

“I look forward to working with community groups and individuals over the next few months in developing potential built, natural and cultural heritage projects for the next stage of the process.” 

The deadline to submit expression of interest forms is Friday 23rd March 2018.  Forms can be downloaded from Mid Ulster District Council or Fermanagh and Omagh District Council websites.

Over the last decade, HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme has provided £221million across the UK.  The programme helps to forge new partnerships between public and community bodies, ensuring people are better equipped to understand and tackle the needs of their local landscapes.  Grants range from £100,000 to £3million. 

The investment has been secured by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.  You can follow HLF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported or #NationalLottery.

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