South West AONBs get a boost from the National Lottery

Thursday 8th November 2018

As part of the Future Landscapes Project, conducted by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB), a cohort of 40 AONB staff is taking part in a nationwide professional and personal development programme designed to help ensure the UK’s outstanding national landscapes are conserved and enhanced for future generations.  This has been made possible by the National Lottery funding received from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the form of a £164,300 Resilient Heritage grant.

The programme, which will run until July 2019, kicked off in Bristol with a two-day gathering that took 10 staff from the South West’s AONB Partnerships through psychometric profiling provided that will serve as a basis for the rest of the programme.

The national cohort will be taken through a series of workshops on collaborative working and constructive enquiry over the next 9 months and participants will cascade their learnings into their local teams to improve the resilience of the AONB Family. Participants will concentrate on finding solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing AONBs today, and will report back at the Landscapes for Life Conference 2019 to start implementing recommendations.

Jim Hardcastle, Manager from the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership said, “I am both proud and pleased to have been chosen to be part of Taking the Lead. At a time when England’s Designated Landscapes are under review, I know my contribution to programme will be key to helping make the AONB Partnerships more resilient and better prepared to respond to changing political, policy and fiscal challenges. This can only benefit the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the UK’s other outstanding national landscapes”