The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative is now up and running - visit their new website innerforthlandscape.co.uk for further information on matters of interest to our area.
What is The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative?
Our vision is of an Inner Forth landscape where the natural, cultural and historical wealth of the area is revealed, valued, enhanced, and made accessible to both residents and visitors. Important historical and natural landscape features will be in good condition, and the future will be embraced by a landscape better-able to cope with change.
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) is an exciting programme of work that will conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and heritage of the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth. Between May/June 2014 and April 2018, fifty discrete but inter-related projects will take place around the Inner Forth area. Throughout our projects there are many ways that you can take part.
Through our projects, we will;
Conserve & restore the built and natural heritage features that define the Inner Forth Landscape
Increase community participation in all area of local heritage
Increase access to the landscape and learning about its heritage
Increase training and development opportunities in heritage skills
The Firth of Forth is the central and dominant feature of the landscape. Not only is it at the centre of the IFLI partnership scheme area, but the cultural history, land use and landscape characters of the area are physically, visually and strategically linked with the River Forth.
This Heritage Lottery Funded, Landscape Partnership Scheme covers an area of 202 km2 including: the river, estuary and inter-tidal zone; the floodplain and coastal margins; and the settlements on both sides of the Forth from the historic Old Stirling Bridge to Blackness Castle.
Together, projects developed and delivered through IFLI will:
turn perceptions of the Inner Forth around and increase local pride in this place,
connect disparate habitats to create a landscape flourishing with biodiversity,
celebrate, protect and improve access to important historical and natural features,
train and support committed and motivated local community groups, individuals and organisations to take action to conserve their area’s heritage, and
increase physical and intellectual access to the area’s important heritage.