Heritage Lottery Fund
support announced for natural heritage across the North West
THE Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
on on Monday, 27 October 2008, announced an earmarked awards
totalling £3,170,000 made through its Landscape Partnership Scheme
for Sefton Coast and the South Pennines.
The HLF rural regeneration and landscape conservation Landscape
Partnership Schemes highlight the diversity of the UK’s geography
and its impact on our culture.
HLF’s Landscape Partnerships have been running for the past four
years and these new awards now bring the total invested to
£48million. 29 landscapes across the UK are benefiting, including
the area around Lake Bassenthwaite. The schemes help forge public
and community partnerships, enabling people to tackle the heritage
needs of their local landscapes in a practical and effective way.
Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West,
said:- “The North West’s stunning landscapes are one the
region’s greatest assets yet we often take them for granted. This
scheme is helping to protect some of the most spectacular scenery by
bringing together groups to form strong partnerships that can
transform the fate of the natural environment and local culture.”
Ray Mears, survival expert and broadcaster, said:- “I grew up
loving landscapes - they were the backdrop to my childhood and
continue to be an essential part of my everyday life. I’m delighted
to hear that such a significant amount of Heritage Lottery Fund
money is being invested into protecting so many wonderful natural
spaces; what a great way to spend Lottery money!”
More oxygen for
Merseyside’s ‘coastal green lung’
The Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership
Scheme (led by Sefton Council), comprising 80km² of coastal land to
the north and south of Southport, is being supported by HLF to the
tune of £1.2million. A popular place to visit for those who live in
Northern cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, the area
is characterized by low-lying coastal stretches and is home to 20%
of dunes in England.
The project will include improved access and management of the
coastline and the re-invigoration of local asparagus farming.
for the South Pennines
The South Pennines Watershed Landscape
(led by Pennine Prospects, a regeneration partnership) partly runs
up through the backbone of northern England, separating the major
conurbations of Greater Manchester and East Lancashire to the west
and West Yorkshire to the east. Covering 350km², this part of the
South Pennines consists of wide sweeping moorlands rich in wet bog,
cotton grass, heathland and pastures.
The project, which has been awarded £1.97million, is made up of six
elements including getting people involved in the area’s history and
geology and enhancing key habitats for wildlife, such as the rare
‘Twite’ which is also known locally as the 'Pennine Finch'.
Pam Warhurst, Chair of Pennine Prospects, said:- “This is
another fantastic boost for the South Pennines and our work to raise
the profile of the area and the public's appreciation and enjoyment
of its value and qualities. The Watershed Landscape focuses upon the
historic and current role that our uplands play in water catchment,
maintaining biodiversity, providing space for recreation and
sustainable tourism. The 20 or so reservoirs that supply the 7
million people living within an hour's travel time of our moorlands
are an important feature of this iconic landscape and represent a
key heritage asset.
The area also faces some important challenges for the future
including increased pressure for food production, renewable energy
and flood prevention. This HLF money will help us conserve the
landscape, improve access to key sites, promote understanding of the
heritage and engage people in managing future pressures.”
ONLY ONE MONTH TO GO FOR GIRLS
WANTING TO BE TRUMP’S GIRL AT MISS UNIVERSE GB
THERE is only one month left for
girls to enter one of the world’s leading beauty pageants,
"Miss Universe Great Britain 2009", and organisers are
urging local girls to give it a go.
The Miss Universe pageant is owned by American tycoon, Donald Trump,
and is one of the largest beauty pageants in the world.
Great Britain has never won the event, but the organising team, Vibe
Models, are hopeful that in 2009 this could change.
Director of Vibe Models Paula Abbandonato, said:- “The beauty
pageant is arguably more popular than it has ever been and 100 years
in, this is without doubt, the opportunity of a lifetime for
someone. We want proud, confident, bright and ambitious women to
enter who are up for a roller coaster of experiences and a year like
She added:- “Our winner must be a head turner who can stand
out on a stage of beauties from across the globe. Great Britain has
never won Miss Universe – until now!”
To enter the Miss Universe Great Britain competition, women must be
aged between 18 to 27, should be a native of England, Scotland and
Wales and should never have been married or had children.
A series of quarter finals will take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh,
Birmingham, Manchester, London and Cardiff next year to choose the
50 women who will go on to take part in the grand final in May.
The winner of Miss Universe Great Britain will receive an incredible
prize package including an all expenses paid three week visit to
Miss Universe 2009.
She will also visit Australia, Mexico, Mongolia and Lapland in her
capacity as ambassador for The Joshua Foundation; a charity which
gives life experiences to children with terminal cancer and their
families. In 2008, the competition generated more than £35,000 for
To enter the competition, visit
deadline for entries is 30 November 2009.
Support BBC Children
in Need 2008 Night
ON the 14 of
November 2008 a BBC Children in Need will be held at Café Mateese in
Southport from 8pm until late. The night will have:-
Fancy Dress (Optional) - Disney Theme; Live Band; Neil’s Disco &
Ticket price is £5 or £6 on the door. For tickets call in at
Café Mateese or phone Neil on 01704 874851, 07704 431 250.