£218,000 Heritage Lottery funding for Preseli Hills communities

COMMUNITIES in and around the Preseli Hills will benefit from £218,000 of National Lottery funding thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ground-breaking Great Place scheme.

The area is among five special places across Wales, celebrating as they share close to £1.5 million of National Lottery money to support their future cultural development.

The Great Place scheme will allow Preseli Hills communities to explore how their unique heritage can help create a successful future, also exploring how their cultural attributes can contribute to tackling wider issues such as poverty, employment, health and education.

The £218,000 project in Pembrokeshire will be led by community development organisation PLANED.

It promises to use innovative approaches to get local people actively engaged with celebrating their heritage and culture, and to create opportunities for development of cultural tourism to contribute to economic and social growth.

It will explore how connecting with heritage creatively can contribute to health and wellbeing and provide opportunities for young people through ‘hands-on’ heritage and cultural learning in an informal setting and working with partners. The project says it will place heritage, culture and landscape at the core of local strategies, plans and policies.

“Across Wales our heritage is what makes us unique and this is no different for us in Pembrokeshire,” said and Kate Lindley at PLANED.

“Heritage attracts tourists and visitors, inspires local residents and businesses, and can make a huge difference to the way people feel about the places they live in and visit.

“This significant investment will help us develop a project that will help bring communities together to celebrate our rich heritage while also looking forward and strengthening our local economy. It has the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives in the town itself and wider afield across the county.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has designed a tailored programme in Wales that responds to the specific needs of the country, benefitting towns and rural areas alike.

Project activities range from creating new networks and partnerships, to addressing inequality, to devising new ways to include both the built and natural heritage in the provision of local education and health services.