The Living Islands programme has received significant support from Alderney’s community, which has responded positively to a programme based on promoting the island’s natural and heritage assets. Long-term economic problems persist in Alderney, reflecting the plight of many island and coastal communities across the British Isles; Living Islands is showing the way forward.
Alderney’s historic fortifications and variety of natural habitats are obvious attractions for new visitors. They also inspire the local community about their island heritage. Early successes of the programme have been at the Cambridge Battery of Fort Tourgis, and the unique WW2 German defences at Bibette Head. A programme of walks, guided tours, boat trips and even all-inclusive holidays is now established.
The Living Islands project is funded for two years by the States of Alderney and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, now extended by six months. The ambitious programme offers significant opportunities for corporate funders to engage closely with our work. They will be able to derive reputational benefits from their association with innovative activities that are receiving wide recognition.
Our island’s future depends on harnessing the value of its rich natural and historical assets to support the economy. Tourism, and sustainable activities such as farming, fishing and renewable energy will all play a part in securing jobs, increasing incomes and reducing dependence on imported energy and food.