The Fifth Continent Landscape Partnership Scheme
The Fifth Continent Landscape Partnership Scheme, initiated by the The Romney Marsh Living Landscape Partnership and now overseen by the Fifth Continent Steering Group, will facilitate the restoration and enhancement of the Marsh’s natural heritage, investigate local archaeological heritage and promote the physical and cultural assets of the area through education and interpretation programmes.
The ‘Fifth Continent’ LPS will harness the potential for the Romney Marsh landscape to be enjoyed and valued by local communities and visitors and to provide wide-reaching economic benefits for present and future generations.
The Fifth Continent Steering Group (comprising various local organisations) is overseeing the implementation of the Fifth Continent LPS, which is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Scheme will also create opportunities for training and employment for young people.
The five year programme of works comprises a ‘Development Stage’ (November 2014-October 2016) and a ‘Delivery Stage’ (March 2017-September 2020).
The Fifth Continent Scheme aims to deliver a suite of projects based around three themes.
- Restore (RS) - Facilitate the restoration, recreation and enhancement of the built and natural heritage of the area
- Rediscover (RD) - Put the communities and people of the Marsh back at the centre of their landscape and heritage; enhance opportunities for visitors and locals alike
- Reclaim (RC) - Develop opportunities for learning and skills development
These themes, and the projects that sit under them, will eventually be delivered through the employment of a team of people which may include a: Scheme Manager, Biodiversity Officer, Community Engagement Officer, Conservation Officer (p/t) and Administrator (p/t).
Fifth Continent Steering Group
To help everything run smoothly a ‘Fifth Continent Steering Group’ has been gathered together. It will meet every two months to provide guidance and advice, direct efforts and assess progress.Membership is drawn from:
Environment Agency, Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre, Kent County Council (Heritage team),
Kent Wildlife Trust, Natural England, New Romney Town Council,
Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership, Romney Marsh Internal Drainage Board, Romney Resource Centre,
Rother District Council, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Shepway District Council,
Sussex Wildlife Trust, The Marsh Academy, Visit Kent, Diocese of Canterbury
and a landowner/farming contact.
Other organisations may be invited.
For more information about the project please see The Fifth Continent Scheme Summary May 2015.
You can also visit the Kent Wildlife Trust Fifth Continent web page, where you can download a factsheet and presentation about the Scheme, as well as access the Fifth Continent facebook page (which is regularly updated) and an on-line questionnaire where local people can share their views on the Scheme. Keep up to date by visiting their page.
A Fifth Continent Project Officer, Ewa Prokop, has been employed for the ‘Development Stage’ of the Scheme, alongside various consultants, to help pull together necessary information for the Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 2 submission.
Ewa can be contacted by email.