Inspiring landscapes

Inspiring landscapes

Inspiring people

Inspiring people


LEADER and Local Action Groups

The Northumberland Uplands Local Action Group (NULAG) uses the LEADER approach to promote bottom-up, local decision making. LEADER is an area-based approach that ensures development is appropriate for that area. LEADER views local people as the main asset of rural areas and empowers them to decide what is best suited to their own environment, culture, working traditions and skills.

The overall goal for LEADER is to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Read more about the LEADER Approach.

Each LEADER area has a Local Action Group (LAG), made up of local people. The LAG has the task of compiling a Local Development Strategy and making decisions about the different projects to be financed in order to deliver that Strategy.

NULAG produced their latest Local Development Strategy in 2014 which will be in place from 2014-2020. This new Strategy guides the LAG in making funding decisions in the current LEADER programme.

Projects supported by NULAG must be delivered in the Northumberland Uplands.

LEADER Linné Partnership

Encouraged by LEADER principles to link with other LAGs across the EU, NULAG has developed close working relationships with LEADER Linné in Southern Sweden.  In the previous programme they had a joint youth project (see Broadening Horizons brochure below) and links between forestry businesses, fishing enterprises and handicraft initiatives.   The Local Action Group maintain contact with LEADER Linne Smaland and are seeking opportunities to work together in the coming programme.


NULAG uses a bottom-up community led approach to deliver funds from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). RDPE is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union. NULAG is supported by Northumberland County Council as Accountable Body and by Northumberland National Park Authority

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