Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City. Largest city on the South Coast of England with 360,000 residents and 14th largest in the UK. Situated in the most beautiful location imaginable, and surrounded by the ocean to the south, and lovely countryside to the west, east and north, this is a city that has always been defined by its physical position. It boasts one of the three largest deep-water harbours in the world, alongside Sydney and San Francisco. Plymouth’s history is rich, and driven by the access it provides to the sea. And therefore to the rest of the world. 21st century Plymouth is an exciting place to be with a growing ‘blue-tech’ marine sector and a globally significant marine research community. Pioneering in autonomous marine technology and manufacturing it is also a ‘Freeport’ and home to one of the largest naval bases in Europe. The sea continues to define the place.
The Plymouth Sound National Marine Park (NMP) aims to reconnect Plymothians to the sea, rekindling a golden thread between citizens and their ocean heritage, including the marine environment, culture and history. It will nurture our natural and cultural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations, whilst aiming to develop a sense of marine citizenship and support sustainable heritage management. The UK’s first NMP will create opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors to reconnect with and explore the ocean in exciting ways and to enjoy a city where landscape, nature and community heritage in all its forms can be enhanced, understood and valued for the benefit of people, place and planet.
Based on three key elements, namely: physical infrastructure; social infrastructure (engagement programmes) and digital infrastructure, our project vision is to create a new relationship between the city and the ocean. Our community-led engagement will connect, involve and activate.
Through this project we will:
1. Establish the UKs first national marine park.
2. Protect and enhance our world-class natural environment and heritage landscape.
3. Be a national exemplar and thought leader in enabling a positive response to climate change for government, Plymouth and the Heritage Fund.
4. Level up access to heritage to ensure all citizens and lottery players can enjoy the benefits.
5. Provide new employment opportunities and career pathways in sustainable future ocean jobs.
6. Act as a city wide and regional stimulus for economic ‘green’ recovery post COVID.
7. Position Plymouth as a UK top ten day visitor destination.
8. Create a new generation of engaged volunteers, communities and heritage champions.
9. Get the entire City in, on under and next to the water through five gateways and a network community hubs.
10. Deliver an innovation pilot for digital heritage engagement that will give the Park an international platform.