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Question and Answer panel from the mornings speakers chaired by Philip Hygate with panelists Merrick Denton-Thompson, President who spoke on The Landscape Institute on Defra’s 25 YEP and the opportunities it affords AONBs, Andrew Blake, AONB Manager, Wye Valley AONB Partnership on the Review of Designated Landscapes Wales, its aspirations for landscape and AONBs role in delivery and Emeritus Professor Allan Buckwell, Senior Fellow, IEEP on The possible effects of Brexit on our landscapes.
The Kent Downs is the finest landscape in the Garden of England; the character and qualities of this landscape are in part defined by the connection with farming and landscape heritage. There is an inextricable link between the landscape and communities and our orchards.
In this innovative and incredibly successful project they are supporting 15 communities to care for and manage their traditional orchards.
The Orchards for Everyone project plays precisely to some of the key priorities of the 25 Year Environment Plan; in particular it supports thriving plants and wildlife ; traditional orchards are a much threatened habitat and contain a rich genetic diversity of fruit varieties as well as an extraordinary biodiversity associated with an increasingly rare habitat. (more…)
The Growing Orchard Communities project excelled in supporting local people to manage healthy orchards for the whole community to enjoy. It was run by South Devon AONB in partnership with Orchard Link, a local volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation. The funding mix of the £86,800 project included theHeritage Lottery Fund, public and private sector grants, local authority locality budgets and S106 funds linked to developemnt consents.
Growing Orchard Communitieswas a 2-year project linking 23 Community Orchard groups to the wider Orchard Link network and developed new ways of working which benefit the natural, physical and cultural heritage of the sites and the wellbeing of the communities.
‘Bowland Haytime’ encompasses a suite of species-rich grassland restoration project activity delivered jointly by the Yorkshire Dale Millennium Trust and Forest of Bowland AONB from 2012 to the present. These projects include Bowland Haytime, Networks for Nectar and Wildflowers for the Meadows. (more…)
Farms for AONBeesis a collaboration project between the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter and Cornwall AONB. This project transformed the ESI’s award winning computer models of bee behaviour, growth and survival by piloting them as a decision-support tool for farmers and land managers to enhance pollinator conservation and food production.
This project has been supported by Cornwall AONB’s key stakeholders from the food and farming sector who championed five high-profile or up and coming farmer stakeholders to pilot the tool to help target their farm management with bees and business in mind. In further collaboration we have developed BEE-STEWARD, which is a user- friendly interface to the bee models that can be used easily by land managers, farmers and advisors to predict the effects of pollinator-friendly options on pollinator survival and pollination rates. This project has huge potential to change the way in which we work across landscapes and to target land management for future Agri-environment schemes that reward enhancement in natural capital.
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Chiltern Rangers CIC was set up in 2013 following local authority re-reorganisation. The founders were keen to continue and expand the great community and conservation work they had established, so bravely launched the CIC. This social enterprise works with local communities to provide practical habitat management of the woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams in the Chilterns’ area.
They are an enthusiastic group who work tirelessly and with enthusiasm with many local groups of all ages and abilities achieving positive outcomes for the sites they work on and with the people they work with.
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