The North-West Europe heathland landscape is of great ecological, economic and cultural significance, but is in long-term qualitative and quantitative decline. The loss of direct economic and cultural links that formerly sustained heathland is a major cause of its decline.
The HEATH (Heathland, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism, Heritage) Project aims to re-establish the social and economic integration that was once associated with heathland environments. With a total of 5m Euros of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and EU Interreg IIIB North-West Europe, the project incorporates 6 partner organisations across North-West Europe with partners in the UK, France and Holland.
This will be achieved by reintroducing and improving habitat management practices and by communicating and promoting heathlands as a potential valuable resource with a valuable historical context.
The key objective of the HEATH project is to develop a management model and tool kit that will establish and help guide future heathland management and be applicable across the NWE heathland landscape.