From: Lucy Warren [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 16 July 2003 15:51
16 July 2003
ON THE RECORD: 'LANDSHAPES' LAUNCHED
IN THE NATIONAL FOREST
You've heard about the trees, now find out about the people.
The 200 square miles of The National Forest are being transformed for ever.
Now, thanks to ?478,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the landscapes,
social and cultural histories of the area are about to be recorded for
posterity. The National Forest Company (NFC) will launch LANDshapes, a
three year project to celebrate the landscapes of the Forest and the people
that formed them, on Wednesday 23 July 11.00 am, at Bass Museum,
The event itself will kick-start the research as all attendees will be
brainstorming ideas to maximise the impact of the project and to ensure
lasting effects for the community.
Practically every acre of land, whether it is agricultural, industrial,
woodland or residential, can tell a story of people making a living fifty,
five hundred or five thousand years ago. Alongside the landscape, a
complete picture of the past is built up with folk and local knowledge such
as recipes, customs, traditions and ceremonies. LANDshapes sets out to
build this picture.
Susan Bell, Chief Executive, National Forest Company, said: "Having been
involved in The National Forest's creation since it started in this area, I
have always longed to see its social and landscape history recorded and
celebrated. "Reading" the landscape through understanding why it looks the
way it does has always proved fascinating and involving local people in the
telling of their own stories and memories will bring it even more to life.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the pro
ject's other backers for this wonderful opportunity."
The project will culminate in the publication of a highly readable and well
researched book, a publicly accessible archive with access points at sites
across the Forest, an interactive website and database, a range of local
events and roving exhibition, plus a heightened profile for local cultural
heritage in The National Forest.
Representatives from local communities and organisations will be attending
the launch, as well as those from NFC partner organisations including
British Waterways, South Derbyshire District Council, University of
Birmingham, University of Derby, Derbyshire County Council, Jaguar Cars,
The National Trust, and The Countryside Agency.
Interested individuals can keep an eye on developments at
www.nationalforest.org and contribute via [log in to unmask]
Media enquiries: for further information please contact Carol Rowntree
Jones, Media Relations Officer, or Rhiannon Harte, Project Co-ordinator
Heritage in the Making, at the National Forest Company, on 01283 551211.
For background information on The National Forest please visit
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. The National Forest area covers 200 square miles of the counties of
Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Its objective is to increase
woodland cover within its boundaries from an initial six per cent to about
a third. No multi-purpose forest on this scale has been created in the UK
for one thousand years. To date the proportion of woodland cover for the
Forest has already more than doubled to over 13 per cent. The National
Forest Company was given the job of overseeing the creation of the Forest
2. Year by year, The National Forest has been steadily turning what was
once one of the least wooded areas of England into a multi-purpose,
sustainable forest. Already five million trees have been planted. The
National Forest provides environmental and economic benefits, including
landscape enhancement, creation of new wildlife habitats and major new
access and leisure opportunities. It is an excellent example of sustainable
development - with environmental improvement providing a stimulus to
3. To achieve its objectives, the National Forest Company works in
partnership with landowners, local authorities and private business and has
strong support from Government, politicians and the public. The Company
currently receives ?3.7m a year in grant in aid from the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
Version: 6.0.501 / Virus Database: 299 - Release Date: 14/07/2003