Case Studies 2007 - 2013

Case Studies 2007 - 2013

Since October 2008, the Northumberland Coast and Lowlands Local Action Group has met to consider and approve projects. A brief synopsis of some of these projects is shown below.

East Chevington Marsh Harrier project

The first recorded breeding of Marsh Harriers in Northumberland for 130 years led to a community project being set up to encourage local people to volunteer in the ‘watch’.

The chicks fledged at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s (NWT) reserve at East Chevington last summer and as with most birds of prey, Marsh Harriers are nest site loyal so it is extremely likely that they will return this year. 

In preparation, a ‘watch’ project was established including a warden who manages a team of volunteers during the breeding season to provide a high level of security for the nesting birds.

Funding of £32,000 was approved through the Coast and Lowlands Local Action Group.

A public viewing point has been created containing interpretive panels and a live link camera for educational activities and viewing events.

North Northumberland Tourism Association

THE first project to be approved and funded by the Northumberland Coast and Lowlands Leader Programme; North Northumberland Tourism Association (NNTA) were awarded £3,900 to help produce and distribute an 'essential guide' booklet for visitors to the area.

The guide publicised the beauty of the area, highlighting key sites of historical interest and natural beauty as well as local tourism businesses.

Shilbottle Village Hall

AFTER several years fund-raising, Northumberland Coast and Lowlands Leader was able to help people in Shilbottle finalise the funding needed to begin a new build Community Hall.

The building will use environmentally-friendly technologies for heat and energy generation, such as a wind turbine and ground source heat pumps, as well as rain water harvesting and natural light and ventilation, have also been incorporated.

The majority of the funding needed came through the Big Lottery Fund with £434,000 worth of support. Other funding for the project came from the Football Foundation which provided £100,000; £200,000 from Alnwick District Council; £20,000 from smaller charities and over £20,000 from community donations and the parish council.

Northumberland Coast and Lowlands Leader gave £52,000.

The project also fully engages the local community with, for example, the first school, planning to follow the construction work carefully and use it as a topic for lessons.

Lindisfarne charcoal

Natalie Dale has set up Lindisfarne Charcoal thanks to LEADER in Northumberland Coast and Lowlands.

A young woman with a burning desire to set up her own business and play her part in supporting her local community, Natalie has achieved her dreams after establishing Lindisfarne Charcoal.

The business has received more than £14,000 funding through the Coast and Lowlands Local Action Group.

The funding was used to purchase specialist tools such as charcoal production kilns and chain-saws, helping Natalie produce traditionally made charcoal from locally sourced timber which has been grown and cut within carefully managed and maintained broadleaf woodlands.

Parks protection

A LEADER transnational project which developed economic activities through educational tourism in important protected areas of natural environment, such as the Northumberland Coast.

The project included the organisation of a series of education weeks aimed at employees and graduate students in the areas of
countryside and environmental management, nature tourism, and heritage interpretation.

The English educational week was held in April 2013 in Northumberland, with 15 participants taking part. The educational week in Latvia took place in May 2013, and the final educational week taking place in Greece in July 2013.

As well as the educational weeks the project involved development of a website, digital applications and a “how-to” toolbox to share
the information and learning which the project delivers.