Background

Habitats and Hillforts of Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme

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This project developed into the Habitats and Hillforts of Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme” which has brought together public, private and voluntary interests to conserve and interpret the chain of historically important hill- top Iron Age forts and their surrounding landscape.

Between 2008 and 2012 the County Council (post LGR 1st April 2009 Cheshire West & Chester being the lead authority) worked with local people to deliver a wide range of outputs including:

•  Archaeological investigation and management of 6 Iron Age hill forts

•   40 hectares of new/restored habitats

• 1300 metres of restored hedgerows

•  700 metres of sandstone walls restored

•  700 metres of footpath improvements

•  4.1 kms of permissive access

•  A range of promotional material, including booklets, leaflets, and on-site interpretational panels

•  A dedicated “Habitats & Hillforts” website

•  A range of events & activities including a guided walk programme, reminiscence workshop and community workshop

•  Over 350 training and education days

The project was cross-cutting and supported the County Council corporate plan prioritiesfor Children and Young People; Healthier Communities and Older People, and; Sustainable Communities and Transport.  It made an important contribution to the delivery of the authority’s long-term vision for the Sandstone Ridge to create an ecological network for people and wildlife – one of the environmental programmes included within the Cheshire and Warrington Economic Alliance (CWEA) Action Plan 2008-11

Archival material from the Habitats and Hillforts of Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme can be found by clicking here.