Million pound boost for The Fanns


LOTTERY funding has been awarded to help improve historically-significant landscape in Thurrock and neighbouring boroughs on the borders of east London and south-west Essex.

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme has been granted £1.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help improve the quality of the local landscape, as well as increase the awareness of and access to the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

The areas of focus within Thurrock include Belhus, Mardyke, The Fanns in North and South Ockendon and Langdon Hills.

The scheme, beginning in April 2017, will offer opportunities for local people to get involved in a variety of events and activities aimed at understanding and restoring local heritage. Activities will range from travelling archaeology exhibitions to opportunities to learn new skills in natural, built and archaeological heritage.

The partnership includes Thurrock Council, Havering Council, Barking & Dagenham Council, Brentwood Council, Essex County Council, Thames Chase Trust, Thames21, Forestry Commission and Thames Estuary Partnership.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Sue MacPherson, said: “This is another great example of the fantastic heritage Thurrock has to offer – right on our residents’ doorstep.

“This project will help preserve these important cultural sites for generations of residents to come.”

Cllr Pauline Tolson, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This funding will greatly benefit the historic landscape in the Thurrock.

“I hope that many people will take part in the activities which will be available and enjoy the picturesque and historic surroundings we have.”

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