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Welcome to the first newsletter for the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. In this edition we hope to give you a brief overview of the project and inform you about some of things that have been going on so far.

What is happening now?
How can you get involved?
Even though the Pendle Hill team are busy planning for the delivery of the programme, there are some things which are happening now, which you could get involved in.
Pendle Hill Volunteers!
Come and get involved
We meet on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Wednesday of every month
Opportunities to get involved in a variety of different activities in this intriguing landscape, from practical conservation tasks and species surveys, to developing navigation skills and carrying out interviews.
Please email or ring 01200 448000 to join or for more details.
 Tuesday 11th April
Grassroots Centre, Nelson 2pm - 4pm
St Mary's Hall, Sabden 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Please come and along to one of our Gatherings and find out more about what has been happening in the development of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership already and what will  be happening in the future.
Calling all Journalists, Writers, Vloggers, Photographers and Creatives...
If you're a talented writer or creative looking for a new high-profile challenge and interested in uncovering the many stories around Pendle Hill for a national audience, we want to hear from you. We're assembling a select team of talented volunteers to help launch a major new website. Please email for further info.
Festival Bowland Event 
Archaeology and Geology Guided Walk

Saturday 3rd June 10am - 2pm (approx)
Starting at the car park on the Nick O' Pendle, come and join in with a guided walk on Pendle HIll which will include local and interesting facts about the geology and archaeology of the area. Our experts will tell you all about these historic secrets which our favourite local hill usually likes to keep to herself. Booking is essential. Please email or call 01200448000 for more info and to book your place. 
What is the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership?
Landscape Partnership schemes are Heritage Lottery funded programmes which aim to conserve and protect landscapes. They are national programmes and you may have even visited another area which is part of a Landscape Partnership.

Pendle Hill is a very iconic landscape, not only for the rural communities on the hill itself, but also for the neighbouring urban populations who have view of this landmark every day. The Hill also contains a rich heritage and an intriguing physical landscape, both of which are under threat of becoming lost and degraded.

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team drew together a partnership of communities, landowners, creative agencies and councils who decided that Pendle Hill would be a suitable landscape to benefit from a Landscape Partnership Scheme. A stage 1 bid was accepted in October 2015, and with the final Stage 2 bid set to be placed in September 2017, we are now well under way into the development stage and planning projects.
The Heritage Lottery Fund banner has been making its way around Pendle. It is present at every Landscape Partnership Board meeting which are held around the area.
Aims of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership
The many projects that make up the scheme will look at re-connecting communities to their landscape, safeguarding wildlife and heritage and improving access to this popular landscape. We will do this by restoring important wildlife and landscape features; providing opportunities for training and volunteering; by supporting research and devising digital interpretation to inspire a new generation about our heritage; and working with communities to re-tell the stories of radical Pendle people.
What has been happening so far?
Over the past year various consultants and partners have been researching and developing a range of different reports, all of which will help us finalise project details and ensure that local communities, businesses, individuals and the physical landscape fully benefit from the Landscape Partnership.

We could not begin to think about fully developing and delivering all of the planned projects ourselves, and so we are planning to work with other local partners on some of the projects.
So far we have appointed lead partners for three of the projects:
  • Dry Stone Walling Association will lead on the Traditional Boundaries project.
  • In Situ are going to be lead partners for the 'Gatherings' project.
  • Mid Pennine arts will lead on the Pendle Radicals Project.
We are very excited to be working with these partners, and will be aiming to identify other lead partners in the next few months.
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