Bolsover District Council is set to sign an agreement with Creswell Heritage Trust that will see £1.9million invested into the District over the next five years.
Creswell Heritage Trusts’ The Limestone Journeys Scheme aims to make the Districts’ landscape and heritage become more accessible, inclusive and enjoyable for local communities and assist with the economic and social regeneration of the area.
The Scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Council have helped match fund a range of projects to help lever in the funding. Through a variety of sporting, cultural, environmental and educational activities, people will be taken on a journey to help them realise the importance of their locality and in particular the Magnesian Limestone area.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “This is a very positive scheme that comes up with a wide variety of community projects to help us make our district and heritage more accessible to people.
“More often than not, people don’t actually realise what is on their doorstep and how significant it is, but with what is planned it will show how we aim to conserve the landscape, wildlife and rich heritage of the area and encourage communities to learn about, enjoy and celebrate it.”
Communities can get involved in projects such as improvements to walks and trails, tree and bush planting, a series of walking and cycling activities and a range of practical and educational activities to raise awareness of the area. There will also be a variety of small grant schemes for landowners to help improve the appearance of the area and create sustainable habitats.
The aims of the scheme are to conserve the natural and built heritage, give people access to the natural landscape and cultural heritage of the District, develop new skills and improve the relationship between local communities and their surrounding landscapes.