Some of the areas where we work

Changing the world, one site at a time…

A look at our list of past projects over the last seven years gives you an idea that we get involved in a diverse range of projects helping to develop environmental organisations and their staff, both at home and overseas.

We have worked together for over 20 years and have developed a philosophy of working closely with clients, developing their skills and knowledge and providing creative, yet practical solutions to any problems and issues that may be encountered.

Building on our recent experiences we are particularly interested in offering support that can help you with:

1. Independent evaluation with a focus on those projects that have received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

2. Fundraising support for the submission of funding applications

3. Facilitation and capacity building to provide support for external partnership or your organisation, staff and teams

Simon Lees HLF Landscape Partnerships
Simon Lees Coaching and Capacity Building
HLF Landscape Partnerships
David Mount Countryside Training Partnership
Simon Lees Countryside Training Partnership
Simon Lees HLF evaluation

1. Independent evaluation
We see evaluation as a way of upping everyone’s game – providing an opportunity for everyone to learn from the experience. We aim to forge real relationships with those involved in programme and project delivery, rather than making superficial judgements. One goal for us is to provide feedback focussing on “key learning” that can be taken forward by those involved in a scheme and by others about to undertake similar projects.

The total value of the 40 projects that we have evaluated amounts to a £79 million investment in heritage and landscape conservation. The Heritage Lottery Fund/National Lottery Heritage Fund has supported all of the projects…

Landscape Partnerships
We have worked with 25 Landscape Partnership Schemes on evaluation. This has involved activity such as coaching others to shape a final evaluation report, developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks to support a stage 2 application through to offering full evaluation support throughout scheme delivery producing mid term reviews and the end of scheme report.

With a focus on quality over quantity, we develop systems to enable output and outcome information to be captured at a Scheme level that can enable the production of supporting infographics and videos to tell the story of project impact, benefit and change.
NLHF evaluation

Fellfoot Forward
North Pennines AONB
Lough Erne Landscape Partnership
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Transforming the Trent Valley
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Coalfield Communities
East Ayrshire Council
North Yorkshire Moors National Park
Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase
North Lincolnshire Council
A Forgotten Landscape
South Gloucestershire Council
Garnock Connections
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Headlands to Headspace Landscape Partnership
Cumbria County Council
Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership
Lancashire County Council
River Tees Rediscovered
Groundwork North East and Cumbria
Coigach and Assynt Landscape Partnership
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Churnet Valley Landscape Partnership
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
South Dorset Ridgeway
Dorset County Council
Up on the Down Landscape Partnership
Dover District Council
Saltscape Landscape Partnership
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside
Land of Oak and Iron Landscape Partnership
Groundwork North East and Cumbria
Inner Forth Landscape Partnership
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Limestone Journeys
Cresswell Heritage Trust
Ochills Landscape Partnership
Clackmannanshire Council
The Forgotten Landscapes Blaenavon
Torfaen County Borough Council
Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes
East Lindsey District Council
Trent Vale Landscape Partnership Scheme
Canal and River Trust
Living North Pennines Landscape Partnership
North Pennines AONB
Habitats and Hillforts
Cheshire West and Chester Council
I am e-mailing you to acknowledge use made of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Final Monitoring and Evaluation Report as source material for a submission under the Partnership Category of the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2019. The document was an extremely helpful source of background information with facts and figures about projects and activities, and greatly assisted the preparation of the application.
Richard Callender, Senior Planning Officer, Stirling Council
Heritage Grants
We are working on or have completed the final evaluations’ for 15 Heritage Grant or Skills for the Future projects.

Act for Eden
Eden Rivers Trust
Connecting Communities
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Skills for the Future
Dry Stone Walling Association
Cold Blooded and Spineless
North Pennines AONB
Historic Environment Skills
Lincolnshire County Council
North Pennines AONB
Plugging the Gaps
North Pennines AONB
River Life Almond and Avon
Forth Rivers Trust
OREsome North Pennines
North Pennines AONB
Built Landscape Heritage and Education Training
Dry Stone Walling Association
LiDAR Landscapes
North Pennines AONB
North Pennines AONB
Grantham Canal Heritage Initiative
Canal and River Trust
Woodlands for People and Wildlife
Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Youth Ranger Training Programme
Peak District National Park Authority
Simon Lees HLF evaluation
Simon Lees HLF evaluations

Trent Vale Landscape Partnership Scheme ~ Final evaluation

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme ~ Evaluation framework

2. Fundraising support
We have worked with eight Landscape Partnerships in a coaching and mentoring capacity helping to submit applications that have secured £28½ million for landscape scale conservation projects.

In March 2018 we provided support to the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to help with a Resilient Heritage bid that aims to improve the sustainability of the national charity and provide personal development opportunities to individual AONB team members.

River Rye Ryevitalise
North Yorkshire Moors National Park
South West Peak Landscape Partnership
Peak District National Park Authority
Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership
Sheffield Wildlife Trust
Coigach and Assynt Landscape Partnership
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Pendle Hill LP Scheme
Forest of Bowland AONB
Tomintoul and Glenlivet LP Scheme
Cairngorms National Park Authority
This Exploited Land of Iron LP Scheme
North Yorkshire Moors National Park
Upper Nidderdale LP Scheme
Nidderdale AONB

Simon Lees NLHF evaluation
Simon Lees NLHF evaluation

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust ~ Woodlands for People and Wildlife

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership ~ development workshop

3. Facilitation and capacity building
We started out in training and development working for the Peak District National Park Authority at Losehill Hall running the Countryside Staff Development Programme. CTP was created in 1998 as the result of a successful bid to the Countryside Commission and then the Countryside Agency to manage their programme of external sponsored training.

Working in an interactive, diverse and creative way has always been at the heart of our approach over the 20 years that we have worked together and our adding up shows that we have worked with over 2,500 people in the last 10 years alone. Recent examples include:

Yorkshire Marine Nature Partnership
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Hurst Farm Project Development
National Lottery Heritage Fund
Audience Development Training
Hertfordshire & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Local Nature Partnership Development Workshops
North Yorkshire County Council
Nidderdale AONB Management Plan Review
Nidderdale AONB
Northern Upland Chain Capacity Building
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Lincolnshire Coast Partnership Development
Lincolnshire County Council
UK Landscape Partnership Seminars
Heritage Lottery Fund
Moors for the Future ~ Team Development
Peak District National Park Authority
Forest of Bowland AONB Business Plan
Lancashire County Council
Simon Lees NLHF evaluation
Simon Lees NLHF evaluation

Scottish Natural Heritage ~ Sharing Best Practice Seminar

Watershed Landscapes ~ Landscape Partnership Scheme

Our availability

We like to establish long term working relationships with a number of different clients, carefully not overcommitting our time in order to meet agreed deadlines whilst retaining the freedom and flexibility to pursue other interests. Looking at our current and proposed commitments we are fortunate to be fully committed for the next few months until early Summer 2021 but we do have the capacity to take on other projects from June/July 2021 onwards, so do not hesitate to get in touch with us...

Updated January 2021