New format for AONB Partnership Event (20/11/19)

The AONB Partnership Committee is staging a public presentation and Open Forum prior to its Partnership Committee Meeting on Friday 6th December.
The event at Holbeton Village Hall starts at 9am with a presentation from Gary Jolliffe of ‘Till the Coast is Clear’ focussing on shoreline plastic pollution and related themes. The presentation will be followed by an Open Forum from 9.35 – 9.50am. The meeting will take place from 10am – 12 noon.

Annual Forum a great success (21/10/19)

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership  and 70 guests welcomed Lord Cameron of Dillington as guest speaker to the   Annual Forum held at Stokeley Barton Farm Shop near Kingsbridge. He spoke about the key recommendations of the report and how he envisaged they would impact on the work of AONB Partnerships. Mark Brooking of Stokeley Barton outlined the development of Stokeley and current trends.

70th anniversary heart in the landscape (14/10/19)

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) joined other AONBs across the country to create a heart in the landscape on 21st September. The initiative  marked the start of Landscapes for Life week and the 70th anniversary of the  legislation which created AONBs and National Parks. AONB Patron Jonathan Dimbleby was guest of honour.

Designated Landscapes Review (02/10/19)

The South Devon AONB Unit has welcomed the findings of the Designated Landscapes Review. It is  pleasing that the Review team has recognised the value of the AONB designation. We are also heartened that the Review team recognise that, given adequate resources, there is so much more AONBs  can deliver for nature and society.

Be part of the heart –  South Devon AONB celebrates National Moment (17/09/19)

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unit participates in Landscapes For Life week (02/09/19)
Slapton Line Partnership community events (07/08/19)

Open Farm Sunday at Daynes Farm Totnes, a great success (19/06/19)
Open Farm Sunday set to be a great day out at Daynes Farm, near Totnes (03/06/19)

Farmer David Camp and his family will welcome the public to Daynes Farm near Harberton, Totnes on Sunday 9th June from 11am – 4pm. As the farming industry’s annual open day, it offers a fantastic chance for people to discover real farming at first hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced.
The programme includes the opportunity to see  the cows, sheep, goats, chickens and chicks on this organic holding  and  activities include sheep shearing demonstrations, spinning, tractor and trailer rides,  farm walks at 12 noon and 2pm and  children’s quiz and  craft activities.

Sir Gary Streeter MP launches South Devon AONB Management Plan (28/05/19)

Sir Gary Streeter  MP for South West Devon  has officially launched the  AONBs new Management Plan in the stunning setting of Battisborough House near Holbeton. The Plan will guide the work of those who care for the protected landscape until 2024. He commented “ It is a great privilege to launch this framework which addresses the competing pressures on the landscape. This plan clearly identifies ways in which the AONB Partnership  will deliver for the local economy and communities helping them grow  in a way that is sensitive to the area, as well as making the most of the landscape to improve their health and wellbeing.”

New series of free short guided walks! (14/05/19)

The South Devon AONB Unit is organising a special series of short walks in Kingsbridge, as part of Connecting Actively with Nature,  a Devon wide project  which has secured  funding through the National Lottery, from Sport England.
Starting on 4th June, the short walks  will help participants to discover  the wildlife on the Kingsbridge  estuary in a series of 10 minute easy strolls to take in the view  and study the wildlife, followed by a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.   The walks which will take place every  Wednesday during June and July, will be led by Project Officer Adam, who is a keen birder and knowledgeable about all sorts of animals, and plants that might be spotted during the stroll.

Explorer 2019 brochure (28/03/19)

The 2019 AONB  ‘Explorer’ magazine is out with lots of information and ideas on getting out and about in this fantastic landscape with information on walking, cyling and watersports.
Kate Farmery, local Head of Business for The Box – a major new cultural attraction for the SW opening in Plymouth in 2020, has been interviewed about what she values about the AONB.
There is a page focussing on shopping for local food, discovering local heritage and details on transport and holiday activites.
The magazine also includes details of events taking place in South Devon AONB unitl the end of October. Copies available from local Information Centres.

Special qualities exhibit (28/02/19)

Artwork from Thurlestone Primary School has recently been featured in the ever popular Primary Colours exhibtion at the Harbour Gallery in Kingsbridge. The  gallery was filled with exuberant, expressive and thoughtful artworks from local primary schools. This artwork created by pupils from Thurlestone was part of our Heritage Lottery Funded ‘What Makes South Devon Special’ campaign examining the ‘Special Qualities’ of South Devon AONB. It focussed on one of these qualities – ‘A wild and rugged coastline’

Discover map leaflet (27/02/19)

A new edition of the AONB free map leaflet has been published. Whatever your mode of transport, this handy guide is a great way to find your way around the AONB and to identify ideas for exploring the protected landscape. It includes the locations of circular walks and details of transport options in and around the area. It also signposts to key AONB news and events.
Copies of the leaflet are available from local information centres.

Landscapes review meeting with Lord Cameron (13/02/19)

We were pleased to have the opportunity last month to meet with Lord Cameron of Dillington who is part of the Landscapes  Review Panel. Its aim is to assess  whether the protections for National Parks and AONBs are still fit for purpose. In particular, what might be done better, what changes will help and if the definitions and systems in place are still valid.

We had a morning of useful discussions about the good value that AONBs offer. One request was to ensure parity between AONBs and National Parks through the alignment of statutory purposes, specifically to include for AONBs ‘wildlife and cultural heritage’ and to add the promotion of understanding and enjoyment of their area’s special qualities as a subsidiary purpose.

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