New grant hopes to spark Lincolnshire marsh regeneration

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A LANDSCAPE Partnerships Grant has sparked the beginning of a project to regenerate the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes.

Thanks to the lump sum of £857,399 from the Heritage Lottery Fund the three-year partnership-led scheme is now underway.

The project will focus around three local areas, Burgh le Marsh, Saltfleetby and Huttoft.

Lying between the coastal strip and the Wolds, the grazing marshes are a nationally threatened habitat and support a rich variety of wildlife, a distinctive wetland landscape and cultural history.

The venture will support local farmers and landowners to conserve remaining traditional grazing marsh by providing access to grants, advice and training.

Local communities will be supported through a programme of cultural, educational and access projects. These will enable local people to discover, explore and celebrate the special quality of their local areas and boost the local economy.

The project is being hosted by East Lindsey District Council but the partnership includes English Heritage, Environment Agency, Heritage Trust Lincolnshire and Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board.

Also involved are Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, National England and the National Farmers Union.

ELDC Portfolio Holder for Economy, Coun Craig Leyland, said: “We are delighted to be able to host this project that recognises the unique qualities and potential of our grazing marshes and the communities that lie within them.”

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