• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417

AONB wins £1.7 million grant!

Nov 23, 2016
A grant of £1,684,100 has been given initial approval by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.

Chalke Valley Rainbow by Andrew Wiltshire
Chalke Valley Rainbow by Andrew Wiltshire

The Cranborne Chase Landscape Partnership focuses on the traditional heart of the Medieval royal hunting ground and the river valley to the north known locally as the Chalke Valley. There have always been historical, natural and social links between the valley and the Chase downland which the LP scheme will explore and reinforce. A broad range of activities will enable people to conserve, enhance, understand and learn about their unique heritage.

The five year project will seek to resolve issues and problems affecting landscape character; habitats; species; the historic environment; culturally significant features; and access.

Cranborne Chase is a dramatic and historic chalk landscape. Along with a sense of remoteness, tranquillity and dark night skies, Cranborne Chase offers a deep sense of place.

Starting early in 2017, local people will be developing complementary programmes of work and activities to be delivered through the scheme. The projects will also build on the links with the surrounding market towns such as Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Wimborne and Warminster. The programme will continue until 2024.

AONB Director Linda Nunn said, "We are absolutely delighted to have received this wonderful grant. It will transform our ability to conserve and enhance this truly outstanding area."

A development grant of £100,000 has been awarded by HLF to enable the Cranborne Chase AONB to develop its plans and seek final approval for the full grant amount of nearly £1.7 million in 2018.

The five programmes in the vision are:

  • Natural Landscapes
  • Historic Landscapes
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Volunteers and Local Community
  • Third Party Grants

To find out more, please see the Landscape Partnership Scheme page.