Cotswolds to benefit from new conservation funding

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Launch of new Cotswolds dry-stone walling grant scheme

The Cotswolds Conservation Board and National Grid have today (24 June 2010) announced a brand new £300,000 grant scheme available for landowners, farmers and local communities in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The new grant scheme is aimed at restoring dry-stone walls along a 5km corridor centred along the route of the Wormington to Sapperton gas pipeline currently being constructed by National Grid. The funding has been provided for the Board to invest in conserving and enhancing the Cotswolds landscape during and after the construction period.

From today, farmers, tenant farmers, landowners and local communities located within the corridor will be able to apply for grants to assist with the cost of restoring dry-stone walls on their land. 

Jeff West, Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board said: "Conserving the landscape and special qualities of the Cotswolds is our primary aim, and dry-stone walls are an important feature of the AONB.  We have developed a good working relationship with National Grid throughout this project and I am delighted to be able to launch this new funding scheme with them today."

National Grid Senior Project Manager, Ian Sarson said: “Care for the environment and supporting the communities in which we work is very important to National Grid. We're delighted to be able to help the Cotswolds Conservation Board in the improvement and conservation of these important local features.”
Michael Cooch of Elkstone Parish Council welcomed today’s news: “The launch of this new fund is very good news for local residents and our local environment. There are many walls in this area which are in need of repair and I am sure that this funding will be welcomed by many landowners.”

Construction of the 44 km, 900mm-diameter pipeline linking National Grid's existing installations at Wormington (near Broadway) and Sapperton (near Cirencester) began in March and is due to finish this autumn with some reinstatement working continuing after this time.  The essential pipeline will meet the growing demand for reliable and economic gas supplies in the South West of England by next winter.

Further details of the grant scheme, along with an application pack, are available from the Cotswolds Conservation Board by calling 01451 862000 or by visiting our
dry-stone walling grants page.

 Notes to editors:
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 47 AONBs in the UK. For further details:
National Grid
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Press contacts: Nicola Greaves
Tel: 01451 862003 Email:
Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH
Tel: 01451 862000 Website:
National Grid: Caroline Davidson Tel: 07785 254696