Beloved local beauty spots to take part in national celebrations

Thursday 12th September 2019

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be taking part in Landscapes for Life week which takes place 21-29 September 2019.

Each year Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty across the UK organise special events during Landscapes for Life week, but this year is special – we are celebrating the 70 th anniversary the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act which paved the way for the legislation to create the UK’s 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The 1949 Act was part of the post-World War Two democratic settlement efforts which saw the government rebuilding a sense of national identity and thanking citizens for their sacrifices during the war. The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks that were designated as a result of the act were envisioned as partner organisations to the NHS which was created in 1948. Giving people access to the countryside for exercise, enjoyment and mental health benefits was considered a preventative measure; while the NHS was designed to help people if they became sick.

In recognition of the 70th anniversary, this year’s Landscapes for Life week is themed ‘Natural Health Service’ and we’re encouraging local people and visitors to come along to an event or enjoy a walk or cycle ride, to celebrate the pioneering post-war vision that protected these treasured areas for
everyone to enjoy.

One of the best ways to help your own health is to go for a walk in the Mendip Hills. You can download a wide variety of walk routes here.

Howard Davies, Chief Executive of the National Association for AONBs, said: ‘I’m thrilled that so many of our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are taking part in this year’s Landscapes for Life week. There are so many opportunities for people to join in and enjoy their local countryside and its benefits to their health and wellbeing. I wish all AONBs great success with their Landscapes for Life Week events.’

On 21 September, AONBs across the nation will be creating ‘Hearts in the Landscape’ to show their love of their local areas and the role they play in the nation’s health and wellbeing. In the Mendip Hills AONB people will be creating a heart in Landslip Quarry, Cheddar Gorge on 21st September at 2pm.

If you visit an AONB during Landscapes for Life week and want to join in the fun, please share a picture of a heart in the landscape – a stone stack, a heart drawn in the sand, a selfie with a stunning view and hands making a heart shape… and tag it #LoveL4L #♥L4L or #NaturalHealthService