South Pennines Park Awarded Culture Recovery Fund Heritage Grant

The organisation behind the South Pennines Park has received a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The South Pennines Park — which covers 460 square miles of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester — aims to champion the landscape, its people and businesses.

The grant will help the South Pennines Park continue its work developing the park model to support its unique heritage, communities and the landscape.

Helen Noble, Chief Executive of South Pennines Park, welcomed the news saying the funding will allow the organisation to continue its work building stakeholder relationships, planning future heritage and inclusion programmes, and ensuring the organisation is sustainably resourced.

“We are really thankful for the backing of the Culture Recovery Fund to help us support this beautifully rich, diverse and accessible industrial landscape.

“Our work on supporting the environment and heritage is important for the people and businesses of the region and the grant award is a very welcome piece of news.”

The National Heritage Memorial Fund is distributing government funding in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The programme was established to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The objective of the South Pennines Park is to boost recognition and unlock resources for the only upland in England that is not a designated National Park or Area of Outstanding Beauty.