Plans have moved forward to restore an iconic Cornish beauty spot.
A joint bid from Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust for the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project has received earmarked funding of £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Earmarked funding means the outline proposals for the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money.
The project now has two years to submit fully developed proposals to secure a firm award.
Luxulyan Valley is situated just outside the village of Luxulyan, approximately three miles from the Eden Project and is a key component of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
The project will restore much of the industrial heritage within the valley, including the iconic Treffry Viaduct, a Scheduled Monument on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for housing and environment, Joyce Duffin, said: “This is fantastic news. Luxulyan Valley is a hugely important part of Cornwall’s industrial and natural heritage and is of national and international significance.
“To be given the funding green light by the Heritage Lottery Fund is a major boost. It will allow the Luxulyan Valley Heritage Restoration project to work on plans to not only conserve our heritage, but to also share the story so that more people can appreciate the amazing historical significance of the valley.”