The Wey Valley Landscape Partnership has been set up to help conserve the heritage of the valley by working towards a £2 million bid to the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund which, if successful, will be used to conserve and enhance the heritage and enjoyment of the valley.
Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) is one of the partners of the Wey Valley Landscape Partnership which includes Surrey and Hampshire local councils and other agencies who are committed to conservation in the valley.
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The Wey Valley Partnership Scheme (1) were awarded a grant of £50,000 in 2006 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The grant is to fund a study of the Wey Valley in order to devise programmes to help and enhance its unique and valuable landscape.
The study is intended to form the basis of a full application to HLF in March 2007 under the Landscape partnerships Scheme. The Wey Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme is one of 15 in the country under development to study the landscape character of an area with a key aim in identifying items of heritage that are under particular threat. A further 15 are in full operation and delivering projects and programmes.
The Scheme for the Wey has four main priorities to provide long-term social, economic and environmental benefits by:
(1) During the Planning Stage, The Wey Valley Partnership has as its lead partner the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) with the other partners being Surrey County Council; Woking, Waverley and Guildford Borough Councils in Surrey and East Hampshire District Council in Hampshire; Natural England), English Heritage, Surrey and Hampshire Wildlife Trusts, Business Link, the South East Economic Development Agency, Guildford and Sparsholt Colleges and the Environment Agency.
How You Can Help
The Partnership is looking for ideas and projects from interested groups and local communities along the Wey to help them conserve this wonderful landscape. Your project could be funded if it fits the HLF criteria.
These could include for example:
Consultations have taken place with interested organisations and residents in Woking on the 19th October and Godalming on 24th October 2006. These workshops provide an opportunity to say what is special about the Wey Valley landscape and what needs protecting, and to hear what benefits the Partnership's Project will bring to the valley.
Towards the end of the year there will be more consultation workshops along the valley on access and visitor enjoyment and how we can give more identity to the valley landscape. Obviously we want to develop access in a sensitive way, so as not to compromise the environment.
How do I find out more?
For more information or an application form for putting in a bid please get in touch with Geoff Cumbers: email: email@example.com or phone 01483 404378.
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