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The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) with £1.9 million for the development of 50 projects. The IFLI covers the CSGN area from Stirling to Rosyth and Blackness.

The projects will run over the next four years. They aim to revitalise historic sites, connect habitats and provide education. The funding will support community group work and research on the mining and trading history of the area.

Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: "Nature lies at the very heart of what makes Scotland special but the enormous pressures upon it mean that we have to approach its restoration and conservation on a bigger scale than ever before.

"Our Landscape Partnership programme does just that, and more, and we are delighted that the Inner Forth will benefit from this approach.”

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland led the partnership which developed the IFLI, and regional director Anne McCall said she was proud to be part of the "exciting programme".

She said: "There is huge potential within this landscape for conservation and restoration of not only natural heritage sites, but also those of built and cultural heritage value.

"Working with communities and partners is a key focus for the IFLI team and through this we believe we can improve and increase access to the Inner Forth landscape for current and future residents and visitors."

The IFLI partnership is made up of RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Sustrans, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.