At the end of last year, the Callander’s Landscape team reviewed the impact of the pandemic across our 20 projects with our partners. It was apparent that it would not be possible to deliver many of the projects within the original timescales. We worked alongside our main funder, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to produce a proposal re-profiling our timeline for project delivery and also help with recovery post-Covid.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund agreed to our proposal and have authorised a project extension. This means that the core staff team will remain in post until 30th June 2022 and further to this some of our seasonally dependent projects have up until 31st October 2022 to complete.

Caroline Clark, Director of Scotland for The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“As the enormous impact of the coronavirus pandemic became apparent, we had to act quickly to support the heritage sector and do our best to help organisations navigate through this incredibly difficult time.  We know that challenges still lie ahead, but we are grateful that, thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to help many projects like Callander Landscape Partnership. We wish the project well as it looks forward with renewed confidence building on the fantastic work that’s been done so far.”

It is likely that there will be many more challenges as we continue to navigate this pandemic but the project extension is some great news at the start of the year. We are delighted that we have the time we need to continue with our projects including habitat restoration, access, and cultural heritage. It looks like it will be another busy year! If you would like to be kept up to date with our events and activities then you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter here.

A huge thanks to all of our partners, funders, and our fantastic volunteers for all their help and support so far!