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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Major photography exhibition to open in Barrow

ICONIC images of some of Britain’s best wildlife photography will arrive in Barrow this week.

A total of 100 panels of stunning images will be installed outside the Forum, in Duke Street, Barrow, for the 20/20 Vision exhibition which is set to run until August 2.

The show will then move to Grange from August 5 to 29.

Part of the 2020VISION roadshow, this spectacular free Street Gallery exhibition tells the story of why nature and wild places matter to each and every one of us.

The images, part of the wider 2020VISION collection, were captured over 20 long months in the field by 20 of the top UK nature photographers, including Andy Rouse, Peter Cairns and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Alex Mustard. It is accompanied by a theatre show in Grange and a photography workshop with one of the participating photographers, Ben Hall.

Brought to the Bay by the Morecambe Bay Partnership, this outdoor exhibition has already visited Morecambe seafront, where is has delighted thousands of people.

Susannah Bleakley, of the Morecambe Bay Partnership, said: “2020 VISION has visited London's South Bank, Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, Brighton Promenade and now it's coming to the Bay.

“It's a world-class event and we are delighted to be bringing it to the North West for the first time. Not only will it be a wonderful experience for locals, but it will undoubtedly bring hundreds of new visitors to the Bay, helping to boost the local economy.”

The project is part of Morecambe Bay Partnership's 700 Days Coastal Communities Fund Scheme and a key component of the Heritage Lottery Funded Headlands to Headspace programme. £0.5M from the Coastal Communities Fund, will support over 260 tourism-related jobs and safeguard many thousands more. As well as bringing the 2020VISION Roadshow to Morecambe Bay, the funding will be used to connect and sign a 200Km ‘Bay Cycle Way’, develop maps, trails and apps to improve information for visitors and provide over 300 training places to support tourism businesses.

Further funding has been provided through the Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership's Nature Improvement Area, a project led by the Arnside & Silverdale AONB, which aims to improve and connect up the area’s special wetland, limestone grassland and woodland habitats, as well as supporting wildlife tourism.

Morecambe Bay was selected for inclusion in the 2020VISION project because the area is a hotspot for biodiversity. Happily, many recognise this and are working together through the Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership to ensure habitats are restored and connected. Doing this makes our ecosystem – our home – resilient in the face of growing pressures including climate change.

The Dunes of Barrow Project, led by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Morecambe Bay Partnership and Natural England, is restoring diverse and dynamic dune systems for wildlife and people around Barrow. The Heritage Lottery Funded Headlands to Headspace Scheme puts local communities at the heart of projects to conserve, protect, understand and celebrate the Bay’s unique natural and cultural heritage.

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