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1. Kirby Bank Trod - your support wanted, see attached file



2. Minutes of Area Meeting to review the Future



Dear Bill,


Many thanks for your email in February relating to the National Grid Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project. This is just to let you know that we recently sent the email below to Area Chairs and Area Countryside Secretaries to give some information on the Landscape Enhancement Initiative, which is the part of the VIP funding made available for local scale projects.


As the North Yorks & South Durham area doesn’t currently have anyone in these roles, I wondered if you might be able to help in passing the information on to any local Ramblers volunteers who may be interested. There is a link in the email below to a webpage with further details of the scheme, what sorts of projects are eligible and the application process.


Many thanks in advance for your help with this. I will be on holiday for Easter after today and will be back in the office on Monday 24th if you’d like to discuss or would like any further information.


Best wishes for a happy Easter,




Alison Hallas MCIWEM C.WEM

Policy & Advocacy Officer

Countryside & Access


The Ramblers

2nd Floor, Camelford House

87-90 Albert Embankment




Tel: 0207 339 8528

Mobile: 07825 397389



Landscape Enhancement Initiative


You are receiving this as an area chair or countryside secretary in an area with a National Park or AONB which may be eligible for National Grid Landscape Enhancement Initiative funding.

Hello <<First Name>>

Are there parts of your area where the view is spoiled by pylons and electricity cables? Are they within an AONB or National Park? Would you like to work with the AONB or National Park Authority to change this? If so, read on!

You may remember that Kate Conto wrote to you in April 2015 about the National Grid Landscape Enhancement Initiative (LEI), which provides funding for projects to reduce the visual impact of electrical infrastructure. 

Click here to find out more about this initiative.

The scheme was due to have two application windows per year. Last year saw the first window, when Expressions of Interest were invited, but we understand that there have been some delays in assessing and responding to these. 

We hope to have some more information soon on how the first round went and the timescales for the next stages so, if you were involved in putting together, we hope that you will hear back shortly. 

If you haven’t already and would like to suggest a project for one of the next funding rounds, please contact your local AONB or National Park Authority. The LEI is a great opportunity to access funding for improvements, at a time when funding for AONBs and NPAs is under severe pressure.


Find out more about the initiative (PDF, 365KB) ►


If you would like any support in making contact with a representative of your local AONB or NPA, please don’t hesitate to contact me and if you are already involved in a bid, we would love to hear about it so that we can share your good news and good ideas with other Ramblers volunteers.

Best regards,

Alison Hallas
Policy & advocacy officer