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Video celebrates CAVLP

Published Friday, 03 August 2018

Outdoor play at New Lanark

A new video has been produced showing highlights of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership.

As the six year programme draws to a close, the film, along with a report will show the programme's achievements.

Nine new projects for 2018/19 will build on these achievements and continue investing in the area and the unique landscape known for its nationally important woodlands and wetlands, stunning geological features, designed landscapes, orchards and rich heritage.

Between 2011 and 2018, the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Landscape Partnership undertook 68 projects, valued at £4.8million, which conserved these landscape features and connected people to the area through new trails, community events, web resources, play and volunteering.

Programme highlights celebrated in the film and available in the report include:

  • 300 volunteers doing 17,000 hours of work
  • 7600 young people engaged through arts, heritage, outdoor play activities and active travel
  • 15,000 native trees planted in new woodlands at Carbarns (North Lanarkshire), Carluke Golf Club and the Nethan Gorge
  • 20km paths improved and 22 new trails described along with 89 local places, heritage sites and other resources all featured on https://www.communityactionlan.org/
  • 25 hectares of woodland improved by removing conifers, particularly at Chatelherault Country Park where the work also revealed the gorge landscape again
  • 1800 fruit trees planted across 21 school, community and private orchards
  • Thousands of local people enjoyed community workshops, festivals and events
  • 2 new local community interest companies and one orchard co-operative formed

The projects took place in the 192 squared km of the Clyde and Avon valleys, stretching from Hamilton to New Lanark and Strathaven respectively, taking in sites including Chatelherault Country Park and the six Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve (NNR), Dalzell Estate, Baron's Haugh and New Lanark.

Kirsten Robb, Manager at CAVLP, said, "The Clyde and Avon Valleys are incredibly beautiful and communities are rightly proud of the local area. The programme's legacy will continue long into the future with site owners better able to manage this unique natural and historic environment and more people enjoying new trails and information about the area. New skills, working relationships and friendships that developed will also continue to bear fruit. We'd like to say an enormous thank you to all the funders, partners and volunteers who embraced the projects with such enthusiasm and made them a great success."

The ambitious programme of 68 projects was supported by ten key delivery partners: South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Clydesdale Community Initiatives, New Lanark Trust, Northlight Heritage, Rural Development Trust, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Wildlife Trust Falls of Clyde.

The film was created by Arteus with drone footage courtesy of Drone Scotland.

The legacy projects will focus on outdoor learning and play, environmental volunteering, web resources, communications, digital archives, graveyards, sustainable travel, designed landscapes, farm woodlands and the historic environment.

Peter Craig, Councillor for Larkhall and CAVLP Board member, says, “I've thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Landscape Partnership and congratulate all the communities, organisations and volunteers involved. As a result of all the projects, more people will be able to enjoy this incredible landscape and take part in protecting it."

Watch the film and read the report on the Clyde and Avon Valley Partnership website: https://www.communityactionlan.org/news-hub/item/celebrating-the-clyde-and-avon-valleys