Pendle gets £2m lottery boost for 20 youth jobs

An atmospheric picture of pewndle in winter. Photo: Alastair Lee.
An atmospheric picture of pewndle in winter. Photo: Alastair Lee.

Twenty jobs for young people will be created in a £2 million Heritage Lottery Fund scheme for Pendle Hill.

The HLF chose Hallowe’en to make its announcement about the landscape famous for the 17th century Pendle Witches and its connection with Quakers founder George Fox.

The scheme, run by the Forest of Bowland AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), includes restoring important wildlife and landscape features and researching local stories.

Formal skills apprenticeships will be available for 20 young people, four graduate trainees and one university student placement.

County Coun Albert Atkinson, Chair of the Forest of Bowland AONB partnership, said: “I am delighted to hear that the grant has been awarded.

“Pendle Hill is a vastly important part of the AONB and an area which is in great need of this new investment in the environment, in the economy and for everyone who enjoys living near to, or visiting, this much loved Lancashire landmark.”

Hon. Ralph Assheton, Chair of the Pendle Hill LP Board, said: “Pendle Hill is part of our folk history, and an ever present backdrop to our lives.

“This investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help local communities to enjoy, explore and learn more about Pendle, and to take care of it for future generations.”

Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “The benefits of this project are far reaching and will offer a range of apprenticeships and trainee positions for local people, helping to reconnect them to their natural heritage and landscape.”