MORE details about an Isle of Wight landscape and conservation project in line for a £1.5m grant have been reaveled.
As reported, the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Wight AONB) has received an 'earmarked grant’ from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its Down to the Coast — East Wight Landscape Partnership project.
The project will give residents a chance to work with conservation bodies, learning about the landscape and heritage and how to preserve it.
Fiona Hanna, of Wight AONB, said: "The East Wight has some of the most diverse and interesting landscapes found anywhere in Britain and this money will help safeguard them as well as provide opportunities for people to learn the importance of their local area and how to help manage it for the Island’s future generations to enjoy."
Schemes could include restoring and reconnecting sections of the River Yar with its floodplain, woodland management, wetland restoration and archaeological investigations. Education be a major of the project, which could also include apprenticeships.
Wight AONB has been awarded £103,000 to develop these ideas and prepare a detailed application to secure the full grant.
That is expected to be submitted next year with a project start date of July, 2015 and run for more than four-and-a-half years.
It is hoped the Down to the Coast scheme will equal the achievements of the West Wight Landscape Partnership, which came to an end last year.