Tucked into the ancient wooded gorge landscapes of the Clyde and Avon Valleys just south of Glasgow and to the west of the central belt, you will find a landscape bursting with an intriguing and unique cultural heritage, just waiting to be explored by trails, visits or volunteering and training opportunities. Known for its patchwork of nationally important woodlands and stunning geological features; crumbling castles, mansion houses and riverside settlements; orchards and a unique market gardening heritage – there are all sorts of stories to unlock.
The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) is here to support over 70 projects (detailed in the Landscape Conservation Action Plan) throughout the Area of Great Landscape Value which celebrate these special features, receiving support from Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver them between 2011 and 2018. The projects are built around four themes; to conserve the built and natural heritage of the area; to increase community participation and landscape connection; to improve access to and learning about the landscape and heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valleys; and to provide new training opportunities in local heritage skills in this extraordinary part of the world.
CAVLP do not do this alone. As a partner organisation, ten key partners support the projects. They are South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Clydesdale Community Initiatives, Central Scotland Green Network, New Lanark World Heritage Site, CAVLP Heritage managed by Northlight Heritage, The Rural Development Trust, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Wildlife Trust. Projects are also delivered by a range of organisations, social cooperatives, community groups, individuals and volunteers.