'My Favourite Places' photo competition
Can you capture the spectacular beauty of the North Wessex Downs? In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, we are launching a photo competition with over £1,700 worth of photographic equipment on offer for the best shots. Find out more.
The Bountiful Landscape Market
Also in celebration of our 40th Anniversary, we are putting on this event to celebrate all the wonderful things that come from the AONB landscape.
Held in Hungerford Town Hall on Saturday 21st July, there will be plenty of stalls offering tastings of local foods and beer, demonstrations of local crafts, competitions, a raffle and an opportunity to learn more about the AONB and the work that we do to conserve and enhance the area. For more info, contact email@example.com.
Inspiration on two wheels
We have secured funding from the 1 South West (1SW) Cycling Project to survey all 1,480 km of legally accessible off-road cycle routes across Wiltshire, West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. Information regarding the type of trail, including International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) grading, descriptions, photographs, videos and management information will then be uploaded to the 1SW Adventure Cycle Map. Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you. Find out more.
Government launches consultation on Rights of Way law
Defra is seeking your views on a proposed package of changes to the processes for recording, diverting and extinguishing public rights of way. Feedback will be used to inform Government decisions on whether and how to implement the various proposals for improvement.
Have your say and find out more about the consultation.
Find out more about Rights of Way
See what the Ramblers are doing in response.
Also, £60,000 is available for community-led projects to improve countryside access with the Path Improvement Grants Scheme (PIGS) in Wiltshire. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AONB view on new national planning policies
The long-awaited National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published by the Government in March 2012 and our Planning Advisor has set about updating the AONB’s Housing, Setting and Renewable Energy Position Statements accordingly. Read his comments on the NPPF.
Would your local council or group like a visit from the AONB Team?
Recent changes in national and community planning will affect everyone. Not only do we have the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, see the article above), but the Localism Act 2011 introduces Neighbourhood Plans, a Community Right to Build, Neighbourhood Development Orders and other new things. There’s lots of general advice available on what these things mean and how to make use of them, but if you’d like to find out more about how they might specifically affect your parish, town council or other group in an AONB, please get in touch.
Perhaps you’d like a more general presentation on what the AONB actually does, what we can offer you and how you can get more involved. Whatever your particular interest, if you’d like a visit (with or without a presentation) please contact Julie Baldwin e: email@example.com,, t: 01488 685440 and we’ll arrange a date to suit you.
We’d like to welcome Dawn Hamblin as the new LEADER Programme Manager. Dawn was the LEADER Programme Assistant and stepped up to the role after Corinna Woodall left to join Tamar Valley AONB. We’re delighted to have such a capable individual staying on board.
We’re also very pleased to welcome Julie Baldwin as acting Office Manager, also providing admin support for the LEADER Programme. Julie has confidently taken to the role and will be the first voice you hear when you call the AONB. We hope to recruit a permanent replacement for Liz Duquenoy, who left us in March, in the next few months.