What was IFLI?
What was The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative?
Our vision was 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 would be in good condition, and the future is embraced by a landscape better-able to cope with change.
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) was an exciting programme of work that conserved, enhanced and celebrated the unique landscape and heritage of the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth. Between May/June 2014 and April 2018, 54 discrete but inter-related projects took place around the Inner Forth area. Throughout our projects there were many ways that people could take part.
Through our projects, we were;
- 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 covered 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 aimed to:
- turn perceptions of the Inner Forth around and increase local pride in this place,
- connect disparate habitats to create a landscape flourishing with biodiversity,
- celebrate, protect and improve access to important historical and natural features,
- train and support committed and motivated local community groups, individuals and organisations to take action to conserve their area’s heritage, and
- increase physical and intellectual access to the area’s important heritage.