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#L4L2018 will take place at the University of Kent, Canterbury from 24-26th July.
With a theme of Shaping the Long View, we expect informed, enthused and energised delegate participation for our plenary sessions, site visits, briefings, and social events.
Find out more and how to book by visiting the Landscapes for Life Conference 2018 section.
The NAAONB has collaborated with almost 900 European Nature, Regional, and Landscape Parks to produce a book entitled Living Landscapes to demonstrate how protected landscapes are models for the sustainable development of rural areas. The book was launched at the first European Summit of Regional Nature Parks where a declaration was signed by the NAAONB and 20 other organisations who represent the European Parks. More information on the launch can be see here.
Once a year the AONB Family gathers together in celebration of our outstanding landscapes. We call it “Outstanding Week” and it is just that. This year it takes place from Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th September.
Outstanding Week is an opportunity for you to get involved and get out into our outstanding landscapes to enjoy country shows, dark sky discovery nights, walking festivals, archaeology walks, wood fairs, foraging and local food festivals, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatching courses, drystone walling competitions, charcoal making, bioblitz, inspiration through art and many, many other activities.
Join us throughout the country to discover why September is such an Outstanding month!
Visit this years Outstanding Week page to plan your visit.
Over 130 delegates attended the Landscapes for Life Conference 2017 (#L4L2017).
They gathered in Winchester from all over the UK for two days of experiencing how to “Do Different” by leading, sharing, learning and inspiring with the AONB Family and partner organisations.
We were able to engage with people from the corporate, academic, charity and public sectors to
All with the ultimate goal of leading on efficient and effective projects to provide a robust and sustainable future for the AONB Family.
Presentations and other activity can be found on Landscapes for Life Conference 2017.
The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a review and call for evidence on the efficiency, effectiveness and governance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Every government-sponsored public body is reviewed at least once in each Parliament to ensure it is fit for purpose and provides good value for money. Heritage, natural environment and other cultural organisations, as well as members of the public, are invited to submit their views by completing an online survey by 6th April.
The collaborative project between the NAAONB and CPRE to jointly commission independent research to initially investigate how national policies, such as the five-year land supply policy, interacts with policies at the local level, such as a local plan has received enough support from the AONB Family to allow it to go ahead.
It will focus on all English AONBs and analyse housing development both pre- and post NPPF, to consider both national and local policy context. An area on Basecamp has been set up to manage this project. Members can see more information here.
If you would like to contribute to the crowdfunding of this project please contact Amber.
NAAONB Chairman, Philip Hygate, met with Defra Under Secretary of State, Lord Gardiner, to discuss Defra’s 25 year environment plan and the role of the AONB Family, the next spending round, the public sector transformation agenda, a possible Conservation Board for the Shropshire Hills AONB and the role of the NAAONB.
The Minister opened the meeting by stating his support for the work of AONB partnerships and conservation boards, as he had done for Outstanding Week, went on to express a wish to visit more AONBs and accepted an invitation to speak at the Landscapes for Life Conference 2017 subject to Parliamentary business.