The Heritage Lottery Fund bid is a partnership project, with Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) acting as the lead partner. Other local individuals and agencies supporting in development and delivery include Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust (TGDT), The Crown Estate, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Moray Council, Glenlivet Distillery, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Spey District Salmon Fisheries Board and the Spey Catchment Initiative.

The Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership area covers approximately 200 square kilometres within the Cairngorms National Park. The area lies wholly within Moray and principally the land is in the ownership of the Crown Estate.

The application for the Landscape Partnership funding was submitted at the end of May 2014 and was successful, with a grant of £2.5 million being earmarked and £171,600 being awarded for the initial development phase. A Project Officer will now be recruited and will support the further scoping and development phase in Year 1, prior to the implementation phase from Nov 2015 – 2020.  Further roles and volunteer opportunities will be created as part of the project.

At the TGDT AGM in September 2013, the Consultants supporting the bid development asked everyone what were the three things that make this area so special.  The wordle below demonstrates the results with the larger and bolder words being the ones people felt most important and were the most common answers from the community.  This is what has shaped the development of the HLF bid.

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 20.42.41


The main projects that currently form part of the HLF Landscape Partnership application are outlined below.

  • Tomintoul Museum and VIC; improving the facilities and interactivity of the displays
  • Scalan; improving the access and interpretation onsite, further developing awareness
  • Blairfindy Castle; stabilising the building and making it accessible to visitors
  • Technology & Interpretation; capturing and sharing the heritage of the area
  • Oral History; capturing memories and heritage from locals and recording for preservation
  • Community Heritage; providing expertise to local communities to support them in identifying and understanding what of the cultural and natural heritage is important to them.
  • Access Connections; improving the footpath network in the area, encouraging more people and abilities to access the landscape heritage
  • Wetland and Waders; advice, demonstration and habitat management by the RSPB
  • Water Environment; restore and enhance the River Avon tributary system and its associated water margins
  • Landscape Mapping; understand the landscape resources present
  • Plantation Woodlands; influence and test new approaches to the forest plan which are more in keeping with the landscape
  • Training & Education; training programme to focus on young people and traditional land management skills
  • Volunteering; support in cultural/natural heritage interpretation, surveys, audits and recording.
  • Celebration & Inspiration; creating an annual programme of events, increasing visitor footfall and awareness for what makes the area special

Please refer to the HLF Bid Summary for further details regarding the Landscape Partnership projects; HLF Bid Summary.