CONSERVING AND ENHANCING NATURAL AND BUILT HERITAGE
This project will involve obtaining a clear picture about the key management issues for the Glens uplands and farming practises. In order to collaboratively support upland management in the Glens, it is imperative that a shared vision and understanding is known amongst partners.
This project will involve implementing long term land management support programme for farmers and land managers. It is based on promoting and raising awareness of the importance of sustainable upland and habitat arrangement including heather and wildlife management, habitat and peatland conservation and awareness.
A working group will be formed and will be used to develop a programme of biodiversity projects which will enhance the natural biodiversity within the Glens area and also provide a lasting legacy of skills.
This project will work with land managers and farmers to restore a number of traditional farm and field boundary features throughout the landscape of The Glens. These boundaries will include gate posts, dry stone walls and hedges that already exist in this living landscape and its many small farms.
This project recognises that there is a need for a connection between Glens via an improved heritage infrastructure. A working group will be established to develop a strategy which will see the upgrade and refurbishment of signage, and also establish a link between signage and create heritage hubs along the Glens where tourists will be encouraged to stop, thus inspiring a sense of cohesion between groups, sites and centre.
The area within the Heart of The Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme contains 5 Conservation Villages of Cushendun, Cushedall, Waterfoot, Carnlough and Glenarm. Each of these villages have a village action plan which will help to enhance their local heritage. This project hopes to help local community groups and individuals to carry out enhancement works including the reinstatement of traditional built features, removal or render, replacement of eroded stonework and repointing using lime mortar where feasible.
INCREASING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
This project will provide opportunities for locals, volunteers and school groups to become involved in archaeological excavation and surveying techniques across the Glens and to appreciate the archaeological history of the Glens of Antrim.
- Heritage Festival and Events
The aim of this project is to enhance and support the coordination of heritage activities in the Glens. This will involve coordinating and facilitating discussions amongst local community festivals and event organisers as well as establishing a new heritage festivals and events support fund for local groups.
- Heritage Helpers Volunteer Programme
The role of volunteers will be a vital aspect of securing the long term value of the heritage within the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme. It will aim to develop and coordinate a long lasting and sustainable volunteer programme, to provide a range of heritage volunteer days, events and training sessions, raise awareness of the importance of participating in heritage and establish a new branding for volunteers in Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.
The aim of this project is to organise a food and artisan festival across the 9 Glens of Antrim to take place in the final year of the overall programme.
- Community Fixed Point Photography
This project aims to capture changes in the landscape over a period of time. The character and condition of our landscape is constantly evolving due to the changes in land management, planning and development, farming, coastal erosion and the changing climate. Training will be offered to local community and interested groups who would like to get involved in this project.