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A tonic for the Lancashire towers
Historic landmarks across the West Pennine Moors could be due for a major overhaul as part of a £2.5million project.
Rivington Pike Tower, Jubilee Tower, Peel Tower and the surrounding countryside would benefit from the ambitious scheme.
And a major study of the brown hare population, particularly around Anglezarke, would be conducted by ecology experts.
Several other species ranging from the merlin and snipe to the curlew and adder, would benefit from the restoration of grassland and blanket bogs.
Fiona Crutchley, of Lancashire County Council, who has drawn together the bid, said in a report: “The focal point for this project will be the three prominent towers – Peel Tower, Rivington Pike Tower and Jubilee Tower in Darwen.
“They offer the inspiration and panoramic views that connect the moors across the plains of the north west of England.”
Several key partners, including local councils, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Groundwork Pennine Lancashire and United Utilities are on board with the scheme.
Supporters are keen to emphasise the moorland’s industrial pedigree and history of early mass trespasses.
Educational packages would be drawn up for schools, including the creation of an outdoor classroom, and a volunteers hub established with the help of the wildlife trust.
An initial approach for Heritage Lottery Fund backing, of £1.65million, has been turned down, under the Landscape Partnership Scheme – but the backers have another opportunity to bid again in May.
Training opportunities would also be offered through Groundwork, concentrating on plant propagation and restoration works.