£1.9M boost will benefit bay communities

Morecambe Bay views. Clam waters. Peaceful. Fishing Boats.
Morecambe Bay views. Clam waters. Peaceful. Fishing Boats.
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A bumper £1.9 million lottery windfall will benefit communities, natural habitats and historic sites around Morecambe Bay over the next five years.

The funding has been confirmed for Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Headlands to Headspace scheme.

Projects planned around Morecambe Bay’s stunning coastline and headlands over the next five years include 200km of cycling routes, collecting and sharing stories through oral history projects, a major programme of community archaeology training to unearth our hidden past and creating unique maps of the area which will open up the Bay to new visitors and explore the richness and variety of our hidden assets and histories.

The £2.9m Headlands to Headspace scheme will run from January 2014, and will be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from other local and national funding sources.

Susannah Bleakley, Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Executive Director, said: “We are thrilled that the HLF is providing funding for this fantastic scheme, which will greatly benefit local communities and make the Bay area even more vibrant.

“Morecambe Bay is unique and we want to shout about it and encourage everyone to find out more about it and get involved in looking after it.

“We believe this exciting scheme will be a catalyst for community renewal and sustainable heritage management.”

More information about the projects and how communities can get involved can be found at www.morecambebay.org.uk.