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Llyn peninsula to benefit from pounds 700,000 grant.

THE dramatic landscape of the Llyn peninsula has long been a popular destination for visitors. Now a major sum of money is on its way.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Llyn peninsula Landscape Partnership Project a grant of pounds 706,400 for a package of projects incorporating small trading ports, marine folk lore, language and literature, habitat conservation and activities and training to promote Llyn's economy, environment, society and culture.

The Llyn is considered one of the finest landscapes in Wales, popular with tourists, ramblers and wildlife enthusiasts, and famous for its hills and medieval pilgrimage route. It is one of the heartlands of the Welsh language.

It was one of the first sites in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The work will include conservation and restoration work to 330 hectares of habitat, developing educational resources for schools and the wider community, improving interpretation for visitors with organised walking festivals and volunteer guides and rural skills training - in particular for young people.

Local people will be encouraged to take ownership of the project through volunteering and training. Up to 3,290 volunteer days will be contributed, clearing litter from the beaches and pathways and managing the heritage resources, sharing their knowledge of the fishing industry, researching the history of the peninsula and recording people's stories.

Training for up to 800 people will be provided in activities such as land management, traditional building techniques, rural skills and using and installing alternative energy sources for historic buildings.

Dan Clayton Jones, who chairs the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales, said it was a great start to the New Year for Gwynedd Council and the other statutory, environmental, educational, community and economic bodies in the partnership.

He said: "In Wales, we have such a rich landscape heritage and we tend to take it for granted, but it is particularly important at this time of social and economic change, that we ensure their unique character is retained and this can only be done by investing in both the landscape and the people, through projects such as this.

"This investment will help forge lasting partnerships and give local people the tools they need to protect this important natural environment."

Meinir Jones, who chairs the partnership, said 12 months of preparation work had come to fruition and projects identified and developed by the local community and agencies will now be implemented over the next few years, bringing environmental and economic benefits. "The project will help local people and visitors to understand and celebrate the uniqueness of the Llyn peninsula's environmental and cultural riches," she said.

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Projects focusing on the small trading ports, marine folk lore, language, literature and environment of the Llyn peninsula will benefit from a pounds 706,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund that aims to boost the local economy
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 18, 2011
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