What is IFLI?
What is The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative?
Our vision is of an Inner Forth landscape where the natural, cultural and historical wealth of the area is revealed, valued, enhanced, and made accessible to both the people who live here and visitors. Its important historical and natural landscape will be in good condition, and the future is embraced by a landscape better-able to cope with change.
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) is an exciting programme of work that is conserving, enhancing and celebrating the unique landscape and heritage of the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth. Between May/June 2014 and April 2018, fifty discrete but inter-related projects are taking place around the Inner Forth area. Throughout our projects there are many ways that you can take part.
Through our projects, we are;
- Conserving and restoring the built and natural heritage features that define the Inner Forth Landscape
- Increasing community participation in our local heritage
- Increasing access to the landscape and learning about its heritage
- Increasing training and development opportunities in heritage skills
The Firth of Forth is the central and dominant feature of the landscape. Not only is it at the centre of the IFLI partnership scheme area, but the cultural history, land use and landscape of the area are physically, visually and strategically linked with the River Forth.
This Heritage Lottery Funded, Landscape Partnership Scheme covers an area of 202 km2 including: the river, estuary and inter-tidal zone; the floodplain and coastal margins; and the settlements on both sides of the Forth from the historic Old Stirling Bridge to Blackness Castle and Rosyth.
Together, projects developed and delivered through IFLI are:
- turning perceptions of the Inner Forth around and increase local pride in this place,
- connecting disparate habitats to create a landscape flourishing with biodiversity,
- celebrating, protecting and improving access to important historical and natural features,
- training and supporting committed and motivated local community groups, individuals and organisations to take action to conserve their area’s heritage, and
- increasing physical and intellectual access to the area’s important heritage.
In May 2015, we undertook a review of our progress in Year 1 of delivery. We brought together all partners involved in delivery of projects and governance of the Initiative to review what's working well and what needs improving. This was a really positive day and the process of bringing people together generated lots of great ideas for the future which we are already starting to implement. See here for the report.