People, Land, Art, Culture and Environment in the Biosphere (PLACE)

Increasingly historic environment evidence informs and influences decision makers and decision making in Scotland.

Organisation: Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
Project title: People, Land, Art, Culture and Environment in the Biosphere (PLACE)

People, Land, Art, Culture and Environment in the Biosphere (PLACE) is a two year partnership project funded through the NLHF Great Place scheme that runs from May 2018 to May 2020. PLACE is running across three contrasting landscapes within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere: the Borgue Peninsula; the Wigtownshire Moors; and the Stinchar Valley. They cover two local authority areas and were selected due to their distinctive landscape character and the desire of local communities to engage more with their local natural and cultural heritage.

Through working with artists, writers, geologists, historians, wildlife guides etc. the Biosphere team hope the project will uncover some of the hidden gems of the Biosphere and their intrinsic links with the landscape that make our region so special. Through PLACE we hope people will have a heightened sense of pride in their local environment, empowering them to be more involved in decision making that affects their local heritage. The knowledge they gain will also create opportunities to promote their locality as a destination within a UNESCO Biosphere, potentially bringing with it new economic opportunities; helping to achieve a more sustainable future for their community and surrounding cultural landscape.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 1
Contact name: Ed Forrest
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Reviewed: September 2018