Island lands cash for community

A SCHEME to conserve a north Northumberland island village has taken a step forward, after a major heritage funder has thrown its support behind the bid.

Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust has received an earmarked first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership programme for the Peregrini Lindisfarne project.

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

Development funding of £98,800 has also been awarded to help the Trust progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

The Trust heads up a board of partners in the project, comprising representatives of the parish council, Northumberland County Council, Natural England, English Heritage, National Trust, North Northumberland Tourism Association and Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership.

Dick Patterson, from the Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that the HLF has given us this support. I didn’t quite believe it when I was told the news. It is wonderful for the island, the development trust, the community and all the people who come to Holy Island.”

Ivor Crowther, head of HLF in the North East, said HLF was pleased to be giving its initial support to the project.