Lotto investment to revamp the Isle of Axholme

Councillor Lliz Redfern and MP Andrew Percy hold one of the new signs that will welcome people to the Isle of Axholme.
Councillor Lliz Redfern and MP Andrew Percy hold one of the new signs that will welcome people to the Isle of Axholme.

A multi-million boost to transform landscapes in the Isle has been welcomed by the area’s MP and local councillors.

North Lincolnshire Council has announced that Heritage lottery Fund has awarded a landscape partnership grant of £1.9 million over five years for landscape scale improvement works.

A development grant of £77,500 has also been secured and it is estimated that, together with partner contributions and works in kind through volunteering, the equivalent of around £4 million worth of works is likely.

Isle MP Andrew Percy has been instrumental in backing the bid and will now Chair the working group which is set to overee the running of the project.

Mr Percy said: “This project received a kick start when the Government awarded Nature Improvement Area status to the Isle in 2012. We know the Isle of Axholme has a rich history and by securing the heritage of its agriculture, understanding it’s historic assets and delivering on a proposed network of cycling and walking and bridle trails, this project will firmly put the historic aspects of the Isle on the map.”

Head of North Lincolnshire Council, Coun Liz Redfern, said: “North Lincolnshire is proud to work as lead partner for this important and challenging project. It will provide much needed national recognition for the unique historic landscapes of the Isle of Axholme, the moors and the warp lands of the Humberhed Levels. We will look forward to working closely with Isle communities to develop and bring forward landscape projects.”

Investment includes creating new signs welcoming visitors to the Isle such as those pictured with Andrew Percy and Coun Liz Redfern.

For full story see this week’s Epworth Bells (November 7 edition).