Cotswolds AONB walling grant scheme set to expand
The Cotswolds Conservation Board is now seeking applications for grants for the repair of dry stone walls throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The grants are funded by National Grid as part of the Wormington to Sapperton gas pipeline project. For the first year of the scheme the grants were targeted within the pipeline corridor. Over 30 schemes have been approved to date, providing for the repair of over 3km of dilapidated walls. From 1st June landowners across the AONB will be eligible to apply for grants on average of 30% to repair their walls.
Martin Lane, Director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board said “We have been delighted with the take up of grants since we launched the scheme last year. The extension of the scheme across the whole of the AONB means that our partnership with National Grid can now benefit the whole protected landscape, from Bath to Stratford and Cheltenham to Witney.”
Mark Beard, Project Manager for the pipeline commented “National Grid is pleased that the Conservation Board has managed to deliver such a successful grant scheme on our behalf. The work being grant aided will leave the landscape through which the pipeline has been constructed looking better than before we started work.”
For information regarding the scheme and an application pack, please contact Stuart Leaver on the Cotswolds Conservation Board, 01451 862022.
Notes to editors:
- The dry stone walling grant can be used to rebuild complete sections or partially collapsed walls; reinstate traditional topping and coping stones; and undertake general repairs to ensure a wall’s continuity for at least 10 years.
- The dry stone walling grant scheme was launched in June 2010 by CCB and National Grid as part of the 44km Wormington to Sapperton Gas Pipeline Project which is now completed.
- 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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