Tayside and Central Scotland

Lottery boost for Ochil Hills body

The Ochils from Stirling
Image caption The money will be used to protect the area's heritage

A partnership set up to safeguard the Ochil Hills is celebrating a £631,500 lottery grant.

Ochils Landscape Partnership (OLP) said the money would be used to help conserve the area's "built, social and natural heritage".

The £2.26m OLP scheme, led by Clackmannanshire Council, comprises 22 individual projects and was set up seven years ago.

The body applied for the Heritage Lottery Fund award two years ago.

It was one of three Scottish landscape schemes to apply for the money.

Councillor Eddie Carrick, chairman of the OLP steering group, said: "This is fantastic news and is the culmination of many years of hard work and commitment by all the partners involved.

"But of course this is not the end, in fact it is really just the beginning. As we move into the delivery phase, I am already looking forward to seeing the first spade going into the ground."

Historic kirkyard

Mr Carrick said the money would bring economic, educational and social benefits to the people of Clackmannanshire and also attract visitors to the area.

The OLP brings together public sector bodies, local land owners, educational institutions and community groups.

Key parts of the project include the conservation of the county's historic kirkyard and the 18th Century Alva Ice House.

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