Life into Landscape

Life into Landscape

Life into Landscape was a £1.3m programme of activities to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and rich heritage of South Devon. It has provided opportunities for both locals and visitors to explore the countryside, and to become involved in caring for it.

Launched in October 2003, Life into Landscape had something of interest and benefit for everyone. The projects were as diverse as restoring old green lanes to increasing awareness of historic monuments. The three year programme drew to a close at the beginning of 2007, with the following acheivements:

  • Restored 50 green lanes to encourage walkers and riders to explore the countryside.
  • Improved 23 new recreational paths, safely linking places of natural and historic interest.
  • Improved access to 18 coast and countryside sites for people with physical and sensory impairments.
  • Involved hundreds of people from rural South Hams and adjoining urban centres of Plymouth and Torbay in programme of environmental activities.
  • Linked hundreds of residents of Brixham with their natural and cultural heritage by providing opportunities for environmental activities in the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Completed 12 parish appraisals, linking South Hams communities with expert archaeologists in researching and celebrating their local cultural heritage.
  • Conserved 5 Scheduled Ancient Monuments, adding historic interest for locals and visitors to the area by raising awareness of important heritage features.
  • Advised 217 farmers and landowners, providing 116 capital grants to conserve and enhance the landscape heritage of South Devon.