Introduce yourself to the LP community

This is the place to introduce yourself - let us know who you are, your relationship to HLF's Landscape Partnerships programme, perhaps a little bit about yourself and/or background and what you'd like to get from this online community. If you'd like to read a little bit about me, you can read this here.

Please don't worry about giving too much detail on this post about your LP scheme. We'd like you to introduce your scheme and the landscape here.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Submitted by AngelaL (not verified) on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 15:09


Hi to all the Northern Ireland Landscape Partnership Forum members.  I am HLF Senior Grants Officer in the Northern Ireland team and the NI representative on HLF's UK- wide LP Practice Group.  The number of LPs in NI is growing very steadily and we are delighted to welcome the Lough Neagh LP scheme as the most recent member of the LP 'family' in NI.

Look forward to meeting you all at the next Forum meeting.


Submitted by LP-08-00728 (not verified) on Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:18



I'm Tony Devos, Programme Manager of the Limestone Landscapes Project in North East England. The Project is just completing its third year and is entering its final year of delivery (and wrap-up).

This is the second Landscape Partnership that I've managed, having delivered an HLF area-based scheme - The Mineral Valleys Project between 2003 and 2009.

I'm hoping to use the community as a place to find out what other schemes are up to across the UK, especially good practice and common issues. Hopefully it will become a place where LPSs can share project management tools, project ideas that have worked and things that haven't worked as well as expected.

I hope to hear from others soon.



Submitted by LP-11-06249 (not verified) on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:17


I'll go next. I'm RIchard King, the Landscape Partnership Development officer for the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership covering parts of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham in South Yorkshire. I've just survived (last Friday) the stage 2 application and LCAP, so I've got time off due. We're hoping (if successful) to be operational from August this year with the programme running for the next five years.

I've got qualifications in architecture and urban design and have a background in economic regeneration, arts development, public art, public realm, historic building restoration, community development and funding bids. I've worked on economic programmes such as the Single Regeneration Budget and European Regional Development Fund, both in programme management and direct project delivery. I've got a number of years experience in the arts working as an arts officer and for a public art agency. My most recent jobs include managing the Cultural Industries Quarter Townscape Heritage Initiative in Sheffield, leading on major public realm schemes in Wakefield and developing regeneration projects through the Remaking Barnsley team at Barnsley Council.

I've already found through conversations and email exchanges how helpful and useful it is speaking to others who are involved in landscape partnerships so I'm hoping this forum builds on that. I think sharing experiences and lessons learned will be invaluable for me.


Submitted by david.mount (not verified) on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:25


Hi Everyone

I’m David Mount, one of the directors of the Countryside Training Partnership -

I’ve been involved with the Landscape Partnership programme for the last five years or so.  Roles have included a UK-wide review and evaluation of the LP programme in 2010-11, drafting LCAP and Evaluation guidance (published in 2013) and research into LP legacy. I’ve also delivered workshops for scheme managers once they have received their Round One award.  Most of these national projects have been undertaken jointly with my colleague Richard Clarke.    

I’ve also enjoyed working with lots of individual schemes.  I’ve helped schemes with their round one applications, in developing their LCAPs and undertaking scheme evaluation.  HLF also employ me as an assessor, mentor and monitor for LP schemes. 

Submitted by simon.lees (not verified) on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 14:33


Hello all, I am Simon Lees, the other half of the Countryside Training Partnership -

I have been involved with the Landscape Partnership programme since 2006 as an assessor, mentor and monitor for seven LP schemes. I have been retained by HLF to work closely with the Dalriada Project and Watershed Landscapes, both of which have gained national and international awards for aspects of their work. David and I often work together and between us we have helped 14 individual schemes, either developing a round one application, shaping the approach and content of the LCAP or undertaking scheme evaluations.

My other work with CTP away from Landscape Partnerships’ has focused on business planning, partnership working, fundraising and developing “fit for purpose” approaches to project management and measuring impact and outcomes.

Sharing of experiences and pulling together the key lessons learnt so that all schemes can improve is what I hope the LP community can become… 

Submitted by Lucy Hares (not verified) on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:23


Thank you to everyone who's introduced themselves so far here - it's great to see a variety of interests, involvement and experiences with the HLF LP programme.

If you've only just logged on to this community, don't be shy!  Please post your introductions here, and likewise if you have a question relating to the LP programme, or have success stories to share, you can either add content to the existing discussions in the forum, or start a new discussion about a different topic.  We'd like to generate plenty of content on a regular basis so there's something interesting to read about when you next visit.

So it's good to see you here Angela, David, Richard, Tony and Simon.  I see you as the 'founding members'!


Submitted by LP-05-00009 (not verified) on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:55




I am Fiona Gale, Archaeologist with Denbighshire County Council in North East Wales, I have managed the Heather and Hillforts project here, which finished last year..............still bits and pieces of claims to do! We are looking at developing a new scheme in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, loosely looking at the Picturesque and appreciation of the landscape through Art......we're jus tlooking to appoint consultants to help us with the Stage 1 application, so if anyone has names of people with experience of this it would be greatly appreciated!! The area also includes a World Heritage Site, SACs, SSSI, SAMs and lots and lots of visitors.........Would be good to hear from you


Submitted by LLane (not verified) on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 15:46


   Hello  I'm Louise Lane, Communications Director at HLF looking after external relations and PR etc  We love featuring wonderful stories about Landscape projects in our promotional work, so do let us know - either through me, Lucy or other members of the team here like Katie Owen who leads on LPS publicity in our national media team - if you have something newsworthy coming up, or fabulous pictures  or other interesting content to share.  Some of you wil have already worked with us to deliver news and stories and we are always looking for good examples and case histories for the website too.

Best wishes for your projects - we hope very much that the Forum proves useful!


Submitted by rich.clarke (not verified) on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 23:32


Hi all.

I’m Richard Clarke and I’ve worked with HLF since 2006 as occasional adviser/ mentor/ monitor &c.  Until 2012 I taught at London University’s Birkbeck College where I ran the MSc programme in Countryside and Protected Area Management and was director of the University’s Centre for European Protected Area Research (CEPAR) where we undertook the 2010-11 national evaluation of HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme.  Other related work included a review of Defra’s Sustainable Development Fund and preparation of the AONB management planning guidance under the CRoW Act.

Now freelance I undertake research, evaluation and training related to heritage and landscape conservation/ management (and still do bits of postgraduate teaching at Birkbeck).  Recent work for HLF includes preparation of the current LCAP and Evaluation guidance for SF4 (2013-18) together with David Mount and Simon Lees of CTP.

Together with Marija Anteric I'm currently collecting Output Data from the 50-odd LP schemes that are currently in delivery or who completed subsequent to 2011 and I sympathise with all LP colleagues who find themselves tied to their desks tediously filling boxes in what is still a pretty clunky Excel spreadsheet when they could be outside ‘doing’ things (on second thoughts, in this weather…).  Thanks, everyone – the good news is that it should all be over by the end of February.

I’m also working with LPs to help them demonstrate outcomes and ensure legacy.  I’ve found this a huge learning experience – no two schemes are alike and all have different opportunities and challenges - and I’m full of admiration for the enormous amount of effort and commitment of LP teams, partners and volunteers which I hope have made LP a flagship programme for HLF.

I hope this ‘LP Community’ will prove an effective place to share ideas and solve problems.  Here are two ideas for forums/ threads relating to my current work.  One is output data – it would be good to have some feedback on the value of the exercise and how maybe it could be improved next time.  The other is the role of external mentors/ monitors/ evaluators in LP work.  Any takers?

Submitted by Audrey.Peebles (not verified) on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 13:01



I am Audrey Peebles Communications and Admin for the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership. I have been in post for nearly 6 weeks now. I am looking after communications, PR, photography, leading on developing our  our new website.  It has been a busy six weeks leanring about the many different strands of activity within our project and putting names to faces.  I am looking forward to seeing our projects get off the drawing board and become tangible as our project develops.

I am keen to learn from other members and happy to share my experiences as our project matures.