The Land of Oak & Iron Celebrating Heritage – Creating Opportunities.
Working with local communities to conserve, enhance and celebrate our natural, industrial and cultural heritage. With partners, we will deliver a legacy of job creation, tourism, regeneration and economic benefits.
The Land of Oak & Iron is a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and partnership funded Landscape Partnership. Over the development phase a strong Partnership has grown, which collectively views the HLF funding as a catalyst to achieve our vision for the area with wider opportunities beyond the HLF bid.
With a focus on community centred development, there is now a real aspiration to put the area on the map; showcasing the beautiful landscape and fascinating industrial and cultural heritage, attracting more visitors and boosting the local economy. Alongside a range of natural and built capital restoration projects there will be investment in the green infrastructure to enhance connectivity and a suite of education, skills and volunteering projects to encourage local people to participate in the celebration and development of this area.
Projects will be delivered around 3 themes:
- Investing in Heritage – Rediscovering Lost Landscapes – identifying, enhancing and managing the little known natural and industrial heritage
- Investing in People – Forging a Stronger Future from the Past – investing in people to develop skills, learn about the heritage and volunteer time
- Investing in Communities – Creating a legacy for communities – improving access to and interpretation of the heritage, expanding engagement and ownership, whilst promoting the area as a place to live, work and visit.
The Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership aims to enhance and promote the heritage and outstanding natural features within this area stretching from the Derwent Reservoir to the River Tyne. To engage more local people and visitors, develop ownership and a lasting legacy.
Initiatives to ensure the Land of Oak & Iron’s heritage is preserved and enjoyed for generations to come include: restoration of structures and habitats, investigation of local community history and archaeology, volunteering, education and skills development opportunities, improved access, interpretation, marketing and promotions.