The Inner Forth Futures partnership have published a report from the November 2019 Building New Bridges heritage tourism conference. Find the report on our website.
Fifty-five delegates attended the conference with forty organisations or groups represented from local tourism businesses, projects and tourism focused organisations. The day was aimed at exploring how businesses, organisations and local communities could make the most of the Inner Forth’s diverse heritage assets to develop a more integrated approach to tourism across the whole area. With Visit Scotland’s 2020 Year of Coast and Waters on the horizon, November 2019 was an opportune time to take stock and look forward.
Neil Christiston - VisitScotland Regional Director
Jenni Steele - VisitScotland Film & Creative Industries Manager
Donald McKenzie - Dunfermline & West Fife Tourism Association Chair
The day featured a panel discussion with representatives from Visit Scotland, Discover Clackmannanshire, Stirling Council, Visit Falkirk and Dunfermline & West Fife Tourism Association. Short discovery talks highlighted six accessibility and exploration projects from around the Inner Forth. Short workshops and a site visit allowed delegates to pick up new tips and insight from the facilitators plus share their own experiences.
The Inner Forth Futures partnership aims to seek opportunities to take foward findings from the conference and encourages other stakeholders to explore how the report can help support sustainable heritage tourism around the Inner Forth as part of a green recovery from Covid-19.
The IFLI Legacy Fund supports the management and maintenance of outputs delivered through the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. Overseen by the IFF Steering Group, monies within the Fund have previously supported wildflower meadow management, habitat management skills training for volunteers, orchard maintenance and activities with school pupils. We are open for new applications that are seeking funding towards eligible activities that can be delivered by March 2022.
The next two application deadlines are:
Tuesday 4 May 2021 for activity to take place before March 2022 - decisions will be shared with applicants before the end of May 2021.
Monday 1 November 2021 for activity to take place before March 2022 or March 2023 - decisions will be shared with applicants before the end of November 2021.
As part of the legacy arrangements of the National Lottery Heritage funded Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) that ran between 2014 and 2018, the Inner Forth Futures partnership administers a small fund to provide one-off grants. Applications are invited by 8 March 2021 for activity that will take place before April 2022. You will hear the outcome of your application before the end of March 2021.
Any organisation or group that seeks to benefit the natural, cultural or built heritage of the Inner Forth area or Inner Forth people and communities is eligible to apply via a short application form that is available at https://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/about/ifli-legacy Applicants are encouraged to read the Guidance Note and Requirements for Funding Recipients that can be downloaded from the same link.
The Fund is designed to support activity that benefits the natural, cultural and built heritage of the Inner Forth or Inner Forth people and communities. It has two areas of focus:
Pot 1, Access, natural and built heritage management and maintenance funding: Actions and activity that will directly manage, maintain or enhance a project that was delivered as part of IFLI.
Pot 2, Training and support legacy funding: Projects or activity that will support ongoing heritage related training (formal or informal, natural, built or cultural heritage) within the Inner Forth area for individuals or groups of any age.
Anyone looking for some inspiration to help them get more active this autumn might be interested in the new, free walking and cycling challenges that we are running this October.
The Inner Forth Futures Wanderings and Windings Autumn Challenge is open to anyone who’d like to explore this fascinating part of the country on foot or by bike. IFF worked with local communities to create nine new trails around the Inner Forth area in 2019, called Wanderings & Windings, and the challenges are encouraging people to use them for their walks, scoots, wheels and cycles. Participants who complete their challenges will receive a free bespoke medal and certificate to celebrate their achievement.
The Inner Forth is a beautiful part of the world all year round, but in autumn it’s even more special as the woodlands turn golden, the skies fill again with the wild geese returning, and our coastal saltmarshes and mudflats are home once more to the many thousands of waders and wildfowl that spend their winters with us. The challenges are part of the Scotland-wide celebrations for the Year of Coasts and Waters, highlighting the fantastic seas, rivers and lochs that are a big part of what makes this country so special.
There are five distances to choose from in both challenges. Choose the distance you’d like to take on – whether you’re looking for a couple of family strolls, a few afternoon bike rides, a good leg-stretcher every weekend, or a mega challenge to do all the routes over the month! You can start any time from 1 October, and you need to finish by 31 October. The deadline for new entries is 21 October. Young people under the age of 18 are also welcome to join the challenge, but an adult over the age of 18 must register on their behalf, and be responsible for them during the Challenge.
Once participants have completed their challenge mileage they will need to submit some form of evidence to receive their medal and certificate. It can be a screenshot of any tracking app they use on their phone or other device, photos of views they’ve taken on the routes, or even simply a log of the distance they’ve covered. There’s a downloadable sheet to use. Share your photos and stories throughout the month on social media tagging us with #WAndWAutumnChallenge