Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Glens of Antrim scoop £1.4m from Lottery to help boost area

The Glens of Antrim are in line for £1.4m to help improve area's landscape
The Glens of Antrim are in line for £1.4m to help improve area's landscape

The spectacular Glens of Antrim will be at the centre of a £1.4m landscape project announced by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The grant, awarded to the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) through HLF's Landscape Partnership Scheme, will fund a series of projects across the five-year scheme, including supporting landowners with habitat surveys, help to increase wildlife and plans for the long-term management of the area.

The local community will be able to showcase their unique landscape by taking part in a diverse range of events and activities such as heritage festivals, community photography schemes and archaeology days.

People will be trained and supported to help deliver some of the activities through the development of a dedicated volunteer programme.

The region takes in nine spectacular glens which run down to the dramatic cliffs, headlands and bays of the rocky North Channel coastline and is characterised by breathtaking scenery and important habitats.

The Glens are a popular tourist destination thanks to the world-famous Antrim Coast Road, distinctive farmsteads known as clachans and traditional field patterns.

Glenarm, Cushendall, Cushendun and Carnlough and Ballycastle are all designated conservation areas.

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