Cotswolds to benefit from additional conservation funding
The Cotswolds Conservation Board and National Grid have announced an additional £100,000 worth of funding towards the reinstatement of dry-stone walls in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) following the launch of the popular new grant scheme earlier this year.
The additional funds, which have been provided for the Board to invest in conserving and enhancing the Cotswolds landscape following the construction of the Wormington to Sapperton gas pipeline, take the total value of the grant scheme to £400,000. Since the scheme’s launch in June this year, 17 applications have been supported, leading to more than £534,000 of walling restoration work for local contractors, spanning 2,108 metres of dry-stone walls in the AONB.
National Grid Project Manager, Mark Beard said: "The new Wormington to Sapperton pipeline has been in operation since November and the reinstatement is now complete. However, the Key Wildlife Sites will be subject to an on-going monitoring regime, being inspected by experienced ecologists to ensure they are successfully established. Our temporary site at Andoversford has now been removed, and our contractors PPS have returned the compound to its original agricultural use.
"As part of the pipeline reinstatement we have repaired or replaced over 1250 metres of dry-stone wall along the route and we are pleased that this work, together with the walls being repaired through the National Grid/CCB Dry-stone Wall fund, is leaving a lasting legacy in the Cotswolds."
Malcolm Watt, Planning Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board said: “Dry-stone walls are one of the Cotswolds AONB’s special features that we have the responsibility to conserve and enhance for the future. We are therefore delighted to be able to offer this additional funding and appreciate the due care and diligence that National Grid have shown to the Cotswolds’ landscape throughout this project.”
Notes to editors:
- The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
- The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
- With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
- The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details: www.aonb.org.uk
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