GRANTS worth £75,000 have been awarded to conserve buildings in the West Wight and improve access to the countryside.
Thirteen projects will benefit from the funds, awarded by West Wight Landscape Partnership.
They are the last grants to be awarded as part of its heritage grant programme, as the Isle of Wight organisation is winding down after four years.
The lion’s share of the cash will go towards improving access to the countryside and beaches.
The Isle of Wight Ramblers will be leading several projects, including building new steps at Shippards Chine and making Mill Copse accessible to people with limited mobility.
Other projects to benefit from the grants include the conservation of Yarmouth town hall, church clock and cemetery and the Thorley Voices project, to record the stories and reminisces of elderly villagers.