Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has granted £195,200.00 of National Lottery funding for the first phase of an ambitious East Ayrshire Coalfield Communities project which aims to reconnect communities with the landscape by creating opportunities for leisure, tourism, skills and training.
HLF operates a two-stage process with initial funding support being given at round one, allowing development of project proposals. Once the first phase is complete the applicant then submits a further, fully-developed application at round two, when a final decision is made by HLF on the full funding award.
Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:
“The Landscape Partnership provides a unique framework with which to tackle large-scale environmental degradation and we have seen it work very successfully in other areas of Scotland. I am delighted that, thanks to players of the National Lottery, the communities of East Ayrshire will be able to benefit from this approach. East Ayrshire is often perceived as lacking in interest because of its industrial character when in fact its natural resources and meandering rivers make it rich in both built and natural heritage. The Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership will help people reconnect with their natural heritage, strengthening their sense of pride and inspiring stewardship of the land around them.”
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said
“The first round pass is fantastic news for East Ayrshire and will allow us to work up the detail of our ambitious scheme, devised in partnership with our communities. This wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of our wonderful partners – East Ayrshire Leisure Trust, Central Scotland Green Network, Forest Enterprise Scotland, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and Scottish Natural Heritage.
“We look forward to continuing this partnership work, sharing the benefits of a renewed landscape and celebrating our unique heritage. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to realise our ambitions, carrying out work in our coalfield communities which would not otherwise have proved possible.”
The submitted bid is available below along with relevant maps which were submitted as part of the application:
The Bid Development Team would like to thank the members of the Partnership, organisations and especially local interest groups, community groups and individuals who attended the events and hopes for their continued support during the development phase which will conclude in March 2020.
The bid development team can still be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for projects consultation
We are consulting on ideas for projects for the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership (CCLP). The initial consultation ends on Thursday 28 February 2019. See Call for Projects consultation for further information on how to apply.
We're running launch events for the CCLP. Come and meet the team and find out more about what we're doing and how you can submit a project.
Come for a walk with us - Beat the winter blues and join us on our walks. It may be cold but the welcome will be warm. Tell us about what’s special about where you live, about the past and your local traditions. Join in our conversations about how we got here and where we’re going.
Please contact Jacquie Macleod email: Jacqueline@talamh.co.uk for more details and to let her know which walks you’d like to join.
Launch and walking events
| Date|| Time|| Where|
| Saturday 26 January 2019
|| CCLP launch event in Dalmellington Community Centre
| Tuesday 29 January 2019
|| CCLP launch event at Cumnock Town Hall - Postponed due to severe weather. Check back here for a new date soon
| Saturday 2 February 2019
||Walk at Dunaskin
| Monday 4 February 2019
||Walk at Knockshinnoch Lagoons
| Friday 8 February 2019
||Walk at Dalmellington Motte
| Saturday 9 February 2019
||Walk from Cumnock to Dumfries House, Auchinleck
| Monday 11 February 2019
||Walk in Ochiltree
The Project Supervisor Colin MacDonald and the Project Officer Lynne Easton have now been appointed and are settling in to their new roles.
Project Supervisor Colin MacDonald has a background in managing sustainability projects and working with communities to deliver local projects to improve their environments.
Lynne is an architect who has spent the last five years managing the Kilmarnock THI and the Galston CARS giving her useful insight into East Ayrshire Council and Heritage Lottery Fund operations. Lynne is excited about the built heritage projects at Dunaskin and Dalmellington Cemetery but also has a passion for nature, landscape and the environment, being particularly keen for the CCLP to contribute to the conservation of the Hen Harrier.
The Board comprises one representative from each of the Partners (Scottish Natural Heritage; Central Scotland Green Network; Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere; East Ayrshire Council; East Ayrshire Leisure Trust and Forestry Enterprise Scotland) along with an independent Chairperson. The Board is the mechanism by which the Partnership is governed and decisions are made. All partners have now signed the Minute of Agreement and the first Board Meeting has been held.
The steering group
The Steering Group comprises representatives from the groups or individuals who have been instrumental in developing the bid and who wish to continue to be actively involved in the Development and hopefully Delivery Phase ( for example: Historic Environment Scotland; The Scottish Wildlife Trust; East Ayrshire Coalfields Environment Initiative; East Ayrshire Woodlands; East Ayrshire Council Tourism officer, EAC Heritage Projects Co-Ordinator, Stanley Wright factors)
The Steering Group works on behalf of the Board to support the decision making process which in turn will support the aims and objectives of the Partnership.
The elected Chair of the Steering Group attends the Board Meetings to represent the Steering Group and present its recommendations for scrutiny and endorsement (or otherwise) by the Board.
The community steering group
The Community Steering Group will comprise representatives from the communities within the Partnership area who are interested in the project and wish to be part of the decision making process that will shape the project and the future of the landscape in the area. The Community Steering group will perform the same function as the Steering Group and a representative will also attend Board meetings on behalf of the group.
Members of the Steering Group and Community Group may attend the others meetings to represent the interests of their own group and in order that coherent evidence may be presented to the Board.
If you would like to become a member of the Community Steering Group and have not done so already please contact one of the Project officers.
Please note the CCLP are currently in the process of developing a website dedicated solely to the Partnership scheme and hope to have this up and running by the autumn.