A partnership project that aims to help conserve upland commons has received a funding boost of £3 million.

Our Upland Commons received the funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out the delivery phase of their project.

The project aims to improve the management of almost 30,000 hectares of upland common across the Lake District, Dartmoor, the Yorkshire Dales and Shropshire Hills.

It aims to deliver 14 sub-projects across four themes - collaboration, resilience, commons for all, and commons for tomorrow.

As well as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, other major grant making trusts include the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.

Other project partners that are situated in Cumbria include The Lake District National Park Authority, the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, University of Cumbria, the Lake District Foundation, and Friends of the Lake District.

According to the Foundation of Common Land, Our Upland Commons has four central aims that are:

  • Secure and support collaborative management of Common Land;
  • Ensure that the health of commons is secured by supporting resilient commoning in a fast-changing world;
  • Reconnect the public with the natural and cultural heritage of Common Land;
  • Enhance the environmental and ecological benefits offered by Common Land