Heritage Lottery Fund Mentoring
Go with the Flow
In 2014 Mike in his capacity as an HLF Mentor was asked to support the 'Go with the Flow' project in Havant, Hampshire. This project, funded by a Heritage grant, focuses on a 4 kilometre stretch of the 'Hermitage Stream', which forms the spine of Leigh Park, a housing estate suburb of Havant in Hampshire. Known as the 'Blue-Green Heritage Ribbon', it links the area's green spaces with the coast, and is a unifying, visible and constant feature of an area that has seen significant social, economic and physical change.
Mikes mentoring role was to support the development of a legacy plan which would enable the environmental and community engagement work to continue once the HLF grant had run its course. A key component of the legacy plan that was developed through the mentoring process was the establishment of a ‘Friends group’ of local volunteers who were willing to undertake much of the day to day management of the stream.
It was important that the work of this group was co-ordinated with the other agencies such as the Local Authority and the Environment Agency that also had certain responsibilities related to the stream. Likewise the group needed access to local volunteer support mechanisms and resources. All this was facilitated through the co-production of a management plan. Involving all the relevant stakeholders the plan clearly identified local aspirations for the Heritage Stream and roles and responsibilities for making these happen.
Old Chalk, New Downs
During 2016 we were happy to support the development of Old Chalk, New Downs in Kent. This is an exciting project looking to improve the habitat connectivity along a section of the North Downs to enhance the chalk downland habitat and to engage local people with its fascinating wildlife. Mike in his capacity as an HLF mentor is supported the development of the projects Activity Plan.
For more information on this piece of work and our mentoring role with HLF contact Mike