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LANDshapes launch in The National Forest

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Jonathan Bateman <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 16 Jul 2003 17:03:54 +0100

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From: Lucy Warren [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 16 July 2003 15:51

Press Release
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, 
Burton-upon-Trent.

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]

ends

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 
www.nationalforest.org

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 
in 1995.

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 
economic regeneration.

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.

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