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Saltscape Landscape Partnership Evaluation ~ Groundwork Cheshire and Merseyside
Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Mid Term Learning Review ~ RSPB
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Landscape Partnership Programme
HLF Landscape Partnerships
Work across the UK
At a national level we have recently completed an evaluation of the programme for HLF, in partnership with Richard Clarke and Marija Anteric of CEPAR. We presented our findings to HLF trustees, and partly on the back of this – and for the second year running – the Fund allocated extra money to the programme. Working closely with the partnerships across the UK we adopted a process of participative evaluation, meaning that monitoring and evaluation activities can become embedded within project planning and delivery.
HLF Landscape Partnerships
Early on in the process we produced a guide to help scheme managers incorporate evaluation into their Landscape Conservation Action Plans from the outset. Currently we are pulling together some good practice examples which will shortly be put up on the HLF website.

Incorporated into our full full evaluation report is a set of six case studies, which look in more detail at the first six landscape partnerships to have completed their programmes of work. The Case Studies are available here.
HLF Landscape Partnerships
Work with individual Partnerships
In addition to our national work, we have provided more focussed support to eight individual schemes to date. This work will lead to an investment of £20 million in rural areas. Our roles with these partnerships have included acting as associate monitors and external assessors on behalf of HLF, developing training and audience development plans, and supporting partnerships with their round one applications and development of their Landscape Conservation Action Plans for round two submission. We have just submitted the project completion report for the Dalriada Landscape Partnership scheme and are monitoring the Watershed Landscapes in the South Pennines.

HLF Landscape Partnerships

Sheddon Clough Hushings ~ Watershed Landscapes

HLF Landscape Partnerships

Near to Nature Trail ~ Dunadry

National Grid Environmental Education Centres
Simon is responsible for overseeing the development of five environmental education centres based at National Grid Substations. This work includes managing relationships with partners, implementing key performance indicators and developing a strategy to align activity with corporate social responsibility objectives. Using core funding of £200,000 the centres generate an additional £1.3 million from partners, external funders and other commercial activity. Each year the centres work with over 70,000 people on a wide variety of educational and community activities.
National Grid Environmental Education

Opening West Boldon Lodge ~ South Tyneside

National Grid BITC Give and Gain

Business in the Community ~ Give and Gain Day

We have facilitated the development of business plans that have led to new centre buildings and successful external funding applications resulting in a 47% increase in turnover for the last five years.
To increase recognition of the work of the Environmental Education Centre network we have identified a number of national award schemes and are preparing the relevant applications.
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The Upland Hydrology Group
David is convenor of the Upland Hydrology Group which brings together a diverse group of upland stake-holders, and receives the bulk of its funding from the Environment Agency. UHG is managed through water@leeds, the largest interdisciplinary centre for water research in the UK. One of David’s roles is to synthesise and disseminate the expertise of the Group to help us secure multiple benefits from upland areas.

The Group’s vision is one where our uplands are both productive and resilient. The uplands have a major role to play in helping to mitigate climate change (by storing and sequestrating carbon), as a critical source of water for human use, in supporting a diversity of wildlife, and in providing us with food, fibre, and inspiring environments.
Some presentations from our most recent meeting, held on 12th November 2013, can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

CAP Reform update – NFU

Update on PR14 - United Utilities

Woodland for Water update - Forestry Commission

WFD and the uplands – EA

Peatland restoration and WFD – EA
David Mount Upland Hydrology Group