The Rossendale Valley of Stone Heritage
Landscape Partnership, a Groundwork-led group that aims to celebrate and
conserve the rich quarry heritage of the area, has been awarded over £500,000
from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This is the largest grant that Groundwork
has ever secured in Rossendale - and a fitting tribute to the 25 years of work
of one of our first Trusts, which is shortly to become part of the new
Groundwork Pennine Lancashire.
The contribution that Rossendale has made
in providing stone products since the Industrial Revolution is not always well
recognised locally - and the millions of people treading the sandstone flags of
iconic areas such as Trafalgar Square have no idea that they are walking on a
piece of Rossendale moor top.
The Valley of Stone project
will be preserving features from the quarries and using these to tell the story
of this important industry and the people who worked in it.