Island project secures almost £2million

Visitors on Holy Island. Picture by Gavin Duthie.
Visitors on Holy Island. Picture by Gavin Duthie.

A major heritage project on Holy Island took a giant step forward today with the announcement of nearly £2million of funding.

The Peregrini Lindisfarne project has received a confirmed grant of £1.8million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Dick Patterson, of the Peregrini Lindisfarne board, said: “We are absolutely delighted that HLF have recognised the excellent work that the board and the wider community have put into this project over the last two years and we are very close to achieving our goal.”

Work continues to secure the match funding that will enable HLF to release the £1.8million, which will fund a wide variety of conservation and engagement projects on Holy Island and the adjacent mainland.

The Peregrini board is anticipating this will be achieved in the coming months, with the Peregrini Lindisfarne project starting in earnest early in 2014.

The project aims to protect and enhance the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and surrounding areas by reconnecting the community’s relationship with the land and seascapes, heritage and history, making the area a better place to work, live and visit.

The cultural and natural heritage of the area is very significant to the local communities who live, work and enjoy this part of Northumberland. Holy Island is known as the Cradle of Christianity with connections to St Aidan, St Cuthbert and the associated monasteries, cells and hermitages, the island’s association with The Golden Age of Northumbria and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

The landscape is rich in biodiversity, including very rare plant species such as the delicate and unique Lindisfarne helleborine, rich wildlife habitats (particularly for migratory and breeding birds) and high geological interest.

The Peregrini Landscape Partnership Board includes representatives of the Holy Island Community (parish council, development trust and churches), Belford and Lowick Parish Councils, as well as partners representing the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, Natural England, Northumberland County Council, English Heritage and the National Trust.

Visit the website – www.per – for more information.