Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme was an ambitious four year programme of activity based around the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill, led by the Forest of Bowland AONB and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The scheme had five aims:

  1. To restore, enhance and conserve the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill
  2. To re-connect people with the landscape
  3. To re-connect people and the past
  4. To bring together the two sides of the hill
  5. To create a sustainable future for the environment, heritage and for visitors’ experience of Pendle Hill

The scheme provided opportunities for training and volunteering; restoring important landscape features; supporting research and developing innovative interpretation to inspire a new generation about heritage – all underpinned with the engagement of more people, and a wider range of communities.

The scheme was delivered through 12 projects, many also involving a ‘Gathering’ that comprised a strong element of creative arts, bringing people together from both sides of the hill, building cohesion and creating shared points of view. In addition three threads of activity – volunteering, outdoor learning, and interpretation – drew together the projects and supported high quality engagement.


These are the programmes key outputs

You can read more about the scheme's achievements here

The Programme was overseen by a Board, chaired by Rt Hon Ralph Assheton.

Key members of the Board were:

James Starkie (AONB)

Paul Collins/Lee Johnson (officer at Pendle BC)

Cllr Robert Thompson (member at RVBC)

Dave Hewitt/ Alex Shutt (officer at RVBC)

Brian Newman/Linda Crossley (member at Pendle BC)

John Miller/Liz Moss (HTNW)

Margaret Wright (Champion Bowland)

Ralph Assheton

Christian Wakeford/Cosima Towneley (LCC)

Mark Hartley (Barley Commoners)

Helen Dix, or other EA staff

David Peat/Clifton Pollard (Read & Simonstone)

Derek Heap (Barley)

Susan  Nike (Barrowford)

Justina Ma (Marketing Lancashire)

Elliott Lorimer (AONB Manager)

Staff delivering the scheme were:

Cathy Hopley (Programme Manager)

Jayne Ashe (Community Engagement Officer 2016-22)

Alison Cross, seconded from the Ernest Cook Trust (Outdoor Learning  Officer)

Sarah Robinson (Farming and Wildlife Officer 2018-21)

Sarah Dornan (Access for All Officer)

Jessie Tearle, Dom Hartley and Christian Murray-Moon  (graduate trainees)

Sarah Brooks-Silcock, Helen Coar and Nichola Gill (Programme Assistants)

Linda Clarkson and Sue Manson (DSWA) plus Ian Hart

Nick Hunt and Shonagh Ingram (Mid Pennine Arts)

Paul Hartley, Kerry Morrison, Sophie Mahon, Andy Abbott, Zoya Bhatti and Calum Bayne (In-Situ)

Kristina Graves and Leanne Tough (Ribble Rivers Trust)