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The Chronicles of Charnwood

(Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership)

Image courtesy of Ben Hall/2020 Vision

Charnwood Forest is one of the most beautiful parts of The National Forest. Created by a volcano 600 million years ago, its hills rise dramatically out of the East Midlands plain, looming over Leicester and Loughborough.

The Charnwood Forest Regional Park are developing a new Landscape Partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to be submitted by 1st June 2017.

If successful, it will deliver around £3million worth of projects to protect and celebrate Charnwood Forest (see map below) between 2020 and 2025. To see the latest, view the report of our key meeting held on February 2017. If you’d like to get involved please contact us, as we need your ideas NOW!

We want your views:

Please tell us what you love most about Charnwood Forest and what projects you think we should include, by posting your answers on Facebook or by completing this very quick survey

The project’s strapline is:

Photo: ©Montserrat Volcano Observatory

We want people to explore the many wonders of Charnwood Forest, which were created by a volcano around 600 million years ago and shaped by people through the ages. Charnwood’s hills are made of one of the oldest rocks in England and contain some of the oldest fossils in the world, as famously featured at the start of Sir David Attenborough’s “First Life” TV series.

We have much to thank the volcano for: its granite rock built much of central London and as its soils are so thin and poor, it supports some really special wildlife habitats. For a long time it was considered “waste” ground and therefore escaped development, becoming a place of peace and tranquillity, often managed by religious houses, such as Grace Dieu and Ulverscroft Priories.

Charnwood is suffering because people don’t know about its many wonders and to quote Sir David Attenborough:

In order to address this, the project will have 3 themes:

Explore: get in to and experience more of Charnwood, with high quality facilities and places to eat and stay

Understand: find out more and celebrate the area’s many special qualities

Care for: play an active role in looking after the area, restoring wildlife habitats, traditional buildings and archaeological sites

For more details:
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Twitter: @charnwoodbid
Post to: Charnwood Bid, National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6BA
Tel: 01283 551211