What is the LLLP?
The Living Levels Landscape Partnership (LLLP) has come together to deliver a programme of work which will promote and reconnect people to the heritage, wildlife and wild beauty of the historic landscape of the Gwent Levels.
The Programme seeks to conserve and restore the important natural heritage features of the area, to develop a far greater appreciation of the value of the landscape and finally to inspire people to learn about and participate in the heritage of the Gwent Levels. A £2.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help us lever in further funding and deliver a £4 million scheme over the next 3.5 years.
Our Scheme covers an area of 225km squared extending from Cardiff and the River Rhymney in the west to Chepstow on the River Wye in Monmouthshire to the east. Predominantly low-lying agricultural land, criss-crossed with an intricate network of drainage channels and field ditches, the project area also includes the inter-tidal zone of saltmarshes, mudflats and sands that are revealed at low tide along the northern coastline of the Severn Estuary within Wales. See our projects map for more detail.
Between 2018 and 2021, 24 discrete but inter-related projects will be rolled out across the Gwent Levels area in South Wales. There are many opportunities to get involved through volunteering, training and through our programme of exciting events.
If you want to get involved or feel you have something to add and it could be anything from a story about the Levels, a photograph, an old map or some research of your own, or if you simply want to find out more, we’d love to hear from you so please do get in touch with a member of our team.
Our work will be concentrated in three core work programmes:
The overall aim of the Living Levels Landscape Partnership scheme is to reconnect people and communities to their landscape to provide a sustainable future for this historic and unique area.
We will do this by:
- Forging a strong partnership, with the community at its heart
- Recapturing and enhancing the natural and historic heritage
- Celebrating its stories
- Providing new opportunities for learning, developing skills, participation and investment
- Encouraging and providing access for all
- Building capacity and resilience for the long term
As a result of
- The Gwent Levels will be better understood by all those who live in, work on and choose to enjoy the area
- The Gwent Levels Landscape will be better managed; in better condition and better recorded
- People will have developed skills; learnt about the landscape and its heritage
- A greater diversity and number of people will be participating
- The local area will be a better place to live, work or visit