People, Land, Art, Culture and Environment in the Biosphere is a two year partnership project funded jointly by Heritage Lottery, D&G Council, South Ayrshire Council, the Biosphere and Southern Uplands Partnership that runs from May 2018 to May 2020.
Managed by the Southern Uplands Partnership, PLACE in the Biosphere is running across three contrasting landscapes within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere: the Borgue Peninsula; the Wigtownshire Moors; and the Stinchar Valley. They cover two local authority areas and were selected due to their distinctive landscape character and the desire of local communities to engage more with their local natural and cultural heritage.
Through working with artists, writers, geologist, historian, wildlife guides etc. the Biosphere team hope the project will uncover some of the hidden gems of the Biosphere and their intrinsic links with the landscape that make our region so special.
Through PLACE we hope people will have a heightened sense of pride in their local environment, empowering them to be more involved in decision making that affects their area. The knowledge they gain will also create opportunities to promote their locality as a destination within a UNESCO Biosphere, potentially bringing with it new sustainable economic development opportunities; helping to achieve a sustainable future for their community and surrounding landscape.
Download the PLACE project leaflet here