The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative or IFLI is where it all started for our partnership. IFLI was developed by a partnership of eight organisations who came together to take coordinated action to conserve the important heritage assets within this landscape through an exciting programme of work. The work was supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund's 'landscape partnership scheme' funding stream.
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.
Between May 2014 and September 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. IFLI was supported and co-delivered by a wide range of supporters to our formal partnership and staff team. This included local groups and volunteers, landowners and schools, species specific charities and contractors.
This infographic booklet tells you more about some of our achievements. You can read what our external evaluators, Countryside Training Partnership had to say through their final scheme evaluation report.
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.