Welcome to the North Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme (NILPS) holding page.

The NILPS has been specially created to support life in Orkney’s North Isles, while conserving and raising awareness of their distinctive identities, heritage and culture.

To achieve this goal, the NILPS plans to deliver a range of innovative projects over the next five years, working closely with local communities.

Projects will focus on everything from island life and culture, and the conservation of local knowledge, to initiatives aimed at encouraging the discovery of local landscapes. Ways in which island communities can thrive into the future will also be explored and supported.

The NILPS is being supported by Orkney Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Historic Environment Scotland, the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, and The National Lottery.

Our website is currently being developed as we work on pulling together all the different elements of this exciting project and will be one way we’ll be telling people what’s going on. We’ll be revealing more details of the NILPS scheme – and how you and your community can get involved – over the coming weeks.

For more details on the Scheme, you can download the Landscape Conservation Action Plan below.

Download the Landscape Conservation Action Plan (LCAP) Document - (PDF, 6Mb)

Projects Summary

The projects are designed to support the core themes and deliver the aims and objectives of the programme and they are:

Projects that support the celebration of island life and culture:

Traditional skills training and knowledge development
Community Fund (small grants scheme)
Educational and Learning Programme
Community Wildlife Recording

Projects that support conserving islander knowledge:

The Oral history of the North Isles
Heritage Centres
The sea around the North Isles – prehistory to modern times
Partnership Scheme Website

Projects that explore island landscapes:

Small scale Built Heritage Enhancements
Settlement Schemes
Traditional Red Phone Box Trail
Neolithic Landscapes of the Dead Tomb Trail
The Industrial Past

Projects that help to equip island communities:

Heritage Trails and Active Travel Improvements
North Isles Ferries – Interpretation and Engagement
Promotion and Development of the North Isles Visitor Offering
Habitat and Species Survey, Management and Restoration
Understanding the North Isles Natural Heritage

Keep in Touch

We're just getting started, but if you'd like to keep up-to-date on our progress, find out about our projects and how you can get involved then sign up to our mailing list.

If you'd like to find out more about the NILPS, you can email info@nilps.co.uk

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