Landscape partnership bid

East Ayrshire Council and Partners are currently in the process of preparing a bid for a Landscape Partnership from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The exact area of the bid is yet to be determined but will be within the Cumnock and Doon Valley area. The area will be refined through partnership and stakeholder discussion.

Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership programme is for schemes led by partnerships of local, regional and national interests which aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character throughout the UK. The scheme supports natural and cultural heritage projects and successful bidders receive grants of between £100,000 - £3 million. The bid consists of a two stage application process, the first of which is due for submission in June 2017.

The application guidance is available below:

Partnership meetings

We have held two partnership meetings at the Business Gateway Offices in Kilmarnock:

Stakeholder engagement event

To help develop the partnership and the projects contained in the application, a stakeholder engagement event was held on 30 January 2017 at the Boswell Centre in Auchinleck. The event consisted of two workshops (afternoon and evening) and was attended by residents of local communities across East Ayrshire and representatives of local interest groups, businesses, other organisations and statutory bodies. The aim of the workshops was to identify opportunities to deliver projects that will benefit the heritage, people and communities of East Ayrshire.

52 participants attended the afternoon workshop and 12 participants attended the evening workshop. The workshops were organised by East Ayrshire Council and Landscape Partnership partners, and were led by an independent facilitator, Nick Wright, who also prepared a summary report. Download the Stakeholder Engagement Report.

Progress of the bid

Since the event, the partners have met to develop the aims of the Landscape Partnership and a Project Enquiry Form has been submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund:

Community event

The Community Event will take place on Tuesday 25 April 2017 from 6pm-9pm at Boswell Centre, Auchinleck.

We are seeking input and project ideas from people who live in, work in and / or visit the Cumnock and Doon Valley area. We would encourage individuals and community groups who are interested in the bid to attend the Community Event.

Please see the poster for more information.

Please email all queries regarding the Landscape Partnership to: or use the contact details below.

Contact Information

Planning & Building Standards
Telephone: 01563 576790
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