The Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership Scheme is a Heritage Lottery Funded project comprising 14 Partner organisations, of which the Scottish Wildlife Trust is the lead partner.
The Partnership comprises community land-owners, community interest groups, charitable land-owners, private land-owners and charitable membership organisations. Collectively these Partners are committed to delivering a Scheme comprising 28 individual projects over 5 years to September 2021.
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Landscape Partnership Scheme programme identifies 9 outcomes which the scheme’s collective projects must achieve;
- Heritage: is better managed, in better condition and identified / recorded.
- People: have developed skills, learnt about heritage and volunteered time.
- Communities: have reduced environmental impacts, more engagement with heritage and the area will be a better place to work, live and visit.
A team of six staff will be employed to assist in the delivery of the individual projects, ensure the overall scheme has a meaningful and lasting impact, and to encourage wide community engagement and involvement with the scheme, through a range of volunteering and training opportunities and an outreach programme.
In addition to the HLF grant the Scheme has to date secured almost £1 million from a variety of match funders, including: the Scottish Rural Development Programme, The Lund Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, SSE Sustainable Development Fund, John Muir Trust and Scottish Wildlife Trust members, and the Highland Council Landfill Community Fund.
It is hoped the Landscape Partnership scheme will meet many of CALL’s aspirations in terms of project work. The overarching CALL project has a 40-year vision and will continue until at least 2050.
A new website will be launched in Spring 2017 to showcase the work of the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership.