Beauty spots marred by overhead power lines are getting £175K landscaping grant — Gloucestershire News Service

“This project shows the positive effects of a partnership between local councils, district councils, community groups and environmental or nature conservation organizations. The resulting work will continue to benefit nature and people in the future. “

Cllr Victoria Atherstone, City Councilor for Culture, Wellbeing and Business, said, “We are delighted to have received this funding from the National Grid LEI.

“The efforts of all parties are an example of optimal cooperation. The investment will enhance the character of the surrounding landscape, improve wildlife and benefit many in our communities who use the land. ”

Charlton Kings Parish Council Chairman Rob Williams said, “We are grateful to National Grid for giving us the opportunity to restore the most precious landscapes and biodiversity hotspots in our community.

“We will make the best use of every pound we have received to improve our little part of this nationally important landscape and make it a better place for our residents to experience the joys of nature.”

John Harvey, chairman of Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common (FOLK) continued: “FOLK has worked with the local council for 20 years to administer the nationally important limestone grassland which is both an impressive backdrop to Cheltenham and an area that is rich in wildlife and opportunities to enjoy the landscape.

“The generosity of National Grid represents a unique step in our collective ability to deliver the vital works that enhance the site’s valuable landscape, wildlife and recreational features and ensure their enjoyment and use in the future.”

Environmentalist and broadcaster Chris Baines, chairman of the independent Stakeholder Advisory Group for National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision project, which includes the LEI, said, “Through the Landscape Enhancement Initiative, National Grid is making a positive contribution to maintaining and improving natural beauty and heritage, biodiversity and accessibility to the most valuable landscapes of England and Wales.

“We are excited to be working with such a wide range of stakeholders to fund this exciting project in the Cotswolds AONB and I look forward to watching their progress as they work to make these historic and dramatically beautiful areas even more enjoyable make. “visit.”

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