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The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project comes to an end in March

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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A HERITAGE project launched in Caradon Hill will leave behind a lasting legacy as its work to conserve the Cornish landscape comes to an end.

The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP), which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as South West RDA, Cornwall Council and other local partners is officially coming to its conclusion in March.

It has worked as a community-focused support organisation for 42 heritage projects in the Caradon Hill area, near Liskeard to recognise, conserve and enhance the area’s special character.

Iain Rowe, the retiring CHAHP project officer said:

“The response we have had from landowners and local people has been fantastic- it’s been a really good community project.

“The work we have done with the school children has been the most influential- they have learned a lot.

“The main thing is to keep the people active in the area to appreciate the area.

“All the buildings that were set out to be restored have all been saved.”

The CHAHP took seven years to plan and has been running for three-and-a-half-years.

It worked on environment and historic heritage projects, repaired mine buildings, set up training and educational initiatives with schools and landscape enhancements.

The CHAHP covers 25 square miles from Liskeard in the south to Golitha Falls and Siblyback Lake in the west, Sharp Tor and Bearah Tor in the north and Rilla Mill and Bicton Woods near Pensilva in the east.

This area includes parts of the Bodmin Moor Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and one of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Sites.

The South Caradon Mine was picked to be restored by a public vote as part of the Restoration BBC two TV programme.

Working closely with English Heritage and Natural England, the mining restoration work included the research and repair of 24 structures at Caradon Mines within the World Heritage Site.

Tens of miles of walls and fencing were erected to protect County Wildlife Sites, and landowners were trained in a variety of skills to maintain these.

Hundreds of Adult Education courses were provided at Upton Cross and at the Liskerrett Centre in Liskeard in first aid, food hygiene and walk leading amongst others.

Mr Rowe said over 200 walks and talks were provided, including partnership projects at Golitha National Nature Reserve with Natural England which improved access and interpretation at one of the most visited locations in the area.

The Caradon Heritage Partnership (CHP) made up of local groups and project partners has been set up to carry on certain aspects of CHAHP.

Derris Watson Cornwall councillor for St Cleer and chair of CHAHP’s Project Partnership Group said: "I think it's been successful in what it's set out to do- it has stabilised the mining buildings and improved the local heritage.

"It's made the local people aware of the nature of where they live."

The closure of the project is being marked on March 8 and 7 in Liskeard by the launch of projects that CHAHP is leaving behind as a lasting legacy for the area.

For a full timetable of the events visit www.caradonhill.org.uk/news-and-events/latest-news

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