Up on the Downs grants panel outing


DAD has enjoyed working with the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme, a £2.5 million Heritage Lottery funded project aimed at making a significant difference to the easily recognisable and iconic landscape of the Dover and Folkestone area. Over the past two years, the scheme has funded 34 projects and DAD was a member of the small grants panel.

DAD, Dan Tuson, Natural England, Tim Owen, Kent Downs, Dave Illsley Shepway Council and Richard Haynes the UOTD scheme Manager had a wonderful day on June 10th arranged by Mike Phillips, Landscape Heritage and Grants Officer of the Scheme, to view the outcomes and achievements of 4 of the projects that had been awarded grants.

In the morning we met with  Clive Nuttman of the Elham Valley Line Trust at George’s Barn who have been Creating a Focus for Heritage opening up paths and different habitats. We then met with Kevin McCreadie at the Folkestone School for Girls whose project  has exposed the  Martello Tower No.5 that lies in the schools grounds. In the aftertnoon we were shown around the Alkham Valley Community Project by Jo. The grant has been used for the Alkham Valley Green Wood Project, clearing ways through the woods and restoring glades for story telling and other activities. Lastly we visited Dave Jones, Joshua Bartel and Sarah at The Bay Trust’s Steps Bank project with Grassland and Woodland Restoration.

It was really gratifying to see what the passionate people at each venue, for the most part volunteering their time, have been able to acheive with the money they were awarded. Also encouraging to see how the grant had helped a young volunteer move into employment through the scheme.

Click for more information on the individual grants awarded under the scheme