Project Development

Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Project Development

In July 2012 the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative was awarded a Stage 1 pass and Development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under the Landscape Partnership Scheme programme. The development phase ran from November 2012 to November 2013 and led to the fifty projects that were part of the Inner Forth Landscape partnership’s Stage 2 bid and Landscape Conservation Action Plan, submitted to HLF in November 2013. The partnership was awarded a grant in March 2014, and the scheme was delivered between May 2014 and September 2018.  Browse our projects via the project explorer.

Project Review and Selection

Between December 2012 and August 2013, the IFLI Steering Group went through a thorough project review and selection process in order to decide which projects should be included within the LCAP, and to ensure that projects had been designed to a suitable level of detail and quality.

Projects went through a three stage process of development and review, starting with the collection of initial Project Ideas (December 2012), the production of Draft Project Plans (submitted and reviewed in May 2013), and final Detailed Project Plans and Budgets (submitted at end of August 2013). This allowed an iterative process of filtering, reviewing and checking projects, whilst providing sufficient time for problems to be identified and resolved.

Capturing Community Priorities

The following activities were organised and facilitated by the IFLI team between 2012 and 2013 to capture the priorities, ideas and knowledge of local communities living in and around the Inner Forth. The purpose of these activities varied according to the stage of development of the project ideas:

When Target Group What
Dec 2011 – July 2012 Community councils 17 workshops exploring values, what’s special and what needs fixing within the landscape, working with a PhD student.
July 2012 Local residents Baseline phone survey of 600 randomly selected people, exploring their attitudes and use of the Inner Forth Landscape. (part of Audience Analysis study)
August 2012 Local residents / members of partner organisations Web survey of 111 peoples’ attitudes and use of the Inner Forth Landscape (part of Audience Analysis study)
November 2012 3rd sector organisations / community groups / councils  4 workshop events to raise awareness of IFLI and gather project ideas, involving 89 participants
June 2013 Community councils, local community groups, local residents 6 workshops to share and get community input into the design of projects, involving 79 participants
June – July 2013 Community councils, local heritage groups Targeted engagement with ex-mining communities and heritage groups to inform design of community led mining and trading heritage projects
November 2013 Interested local residents, community groups, local heritage organisations, university students "Back and Forth: An evening exploring the heritage of the Inner Forth". Talks and showcasing IFLI projects and partners

In addition to the above activities, relationships were strengthened with specific communities and groups to raise the profile of the initiative. This included; attending local events with stalls, participating in a volunteer workparty, providing illustrated talks, attending local group meetings, seeking opportunities to discuss partnership with local groups and organisations and supporting community groups who proposed project ideas to the initiative.

For further details, download the ‘Pre Development Year and Development Year Community Engagement Summary’.

Engagement with Business and Scottish Government

Specific efforts were made to engage with local businesses and industry operating within the landscape. Presentations and regular updates were made to the NPF2 Grangemouth Freight Hub Action Group, and specific meetings were held with Diageo, Forthports, Ineos, Calachem and Scottish Power to inform them about the scheme and explore opportunities for engagement. In addition, several meetings were held with Scottish Government, a parliamentary question asked, and briefings produced for the government and council committees.