That's Our Parish
Understanding our heritage: Surveys and recording of heritage features in the landscape and undertaking a number of Local Landscape Character Assessments in rural Penwith parishes
The aim of Yth yw agan Pluw or That’s Our Parish is to encourage local residents to become more aware of their heritage and what should be protected and recorded in the future. We will support a number of rural parishes within Penwith to carry out Local Landscape Character Assessment (LLCA) surveys of their local cultural and historical heritage, and biodiversity. The compiled assessments will be readily available to parishes to safeguard, plan and manage heritage, landscape and historic character and local distinctiveness for the future.
Volunteers from the parishes will receive free training in specialist skills required to undertake the LLCAs, and in surveying historic and natural features and recording plants and wildlife. All those who take part will increase their knowledge of the heritage within their Parish. Participants will also have a better understanding of the role of public and third sector organisations in the management of their local heritage, and how they can contribute to this as volunteers.
As a result local communities will gain a deeper understanding of their local landscape, by bringing them together and encouraging them to work across parish boundaries to survey and record what is important to them and what special features may be at risk if not captured through this work.
People of all ages and abilities will benefit from this, together with the natural and historical environments; in particular ancient sites, rights of way, neglected areas of semi-natural habitat and poorly maintained Cornish hedges. The farming community will also benefit from raising awareness of historical heritage features and local biodiversity on their land.
This project is led by our Community Coordinator, Nicole Broadhurst, working closely with a contracted local landscape architect and the Cornwall AONB as lead partner. To contact Nicole please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be holding several workshops on undertaking Local Landscape Character Assessments - to see what is coming up visit our events page by clicking the button below.
You can also find out more about volunteering with us on our Volunteer pages