AONB Partnership

Activities

CS targetting was completed during 2014-5, using nation-wide data sets rather than local ones. The AONB unit input to the consultation and discussions and offered use of local datasets, but only national sets were used. The mid-tier developed differently, and it was in the Facilitation Funded catchment groups which in the end were most locally focussed. The AONB is a partner in the Loud catchment group (see 1.2E).

6th January 2016

New mobile friendly website launched on 11th Feb 2015

11th February 2015

Delivery of the Bowland Anniversary Awards, designed to recognise the dedication and enthusiasm of some of the many landowners, businesses, community groups and individuals who help to make the Forest of Bowland such a special place.  Winners chosen in seven categories, reflecting the breadth of work which takes place in the AONB.  Nominations invited, shortlisted entries judged and winners announced at a special gala event towards the end of the anniversary year.  Sponsors of the event included: Green Tourism, United Utilities, Countryscape, Grosvenor Estates, Duchy of Lancaster, Lord of Bowland,  Life for a Life Memorial Forests and Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition.

10th February 2014 to 1st November 2014

Actions

1.2 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
1.2B Carry out 'ecosystem approach' self-assessment produced by Natural England
Self-assessment completed
2014
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1.6 Historic Environment
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
1.6B Develop bid to Heritage Lottery Fund 'Landscape Partnership Scheme' for a landscape restoration programme for Pendle Hill area
Complete Stage 1 Bid planning
2015
Submit Stage 1 bid
2015
If successful:
2016
Commence development phase
2017
Submit Stage 2 bid
2017-18
Commence LPS delivery
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2.3 Community Engagement
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.3A Raise the profile of services and support offered by the AONB Partnership amongst community groups, parish councils and local businesses
Develop and deliver a series of 'Know your AONB' events for community groups, parish councils and businesses
By 2017
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2.3K Raise awareness of the AONB's 50th Anniversary (2014) by encouraging partners, communities and businesses to celebrate and link with the anniversary year
Organise fund-raising events and activities to raise £5,000 for Champion Bowland
2014
Involve tourism businesses and communities in delivery of at least 3 anniversary events/activities
2014
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3.4 Information and Publicity
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.4D Promote the Countryside Code to visitors with clear messages communicated through all AONB and partner communications channels
Review and develop content on Countryside Code on AONB website, social media, print and on-site interpretation, wherever possible
Annually
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4.1 Delivery of the AONB Management Plan
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
4.1F Continue to offer the AONB Unit office as a work-base and meeting space for AONB partners and community groups
Maintain AONB Office in the area
Annually
Carry out annual review of accommodation costs within context of overall AONB budget
Annually
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4.3 Monitoring and Evaluation
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
4.3B Develop the on-line 'Interactive Management Plan' (which enables partners and working groups to report on progress of individual projects and actions) to produce useful and user-friendly monitoring reports for the AONB Unit and partner organisations
Complete updated version of on-line 'Interactive Management Plan'
2015
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4.3C Work with partners to ensure they use Biodiversity Action Reporting System 2 (BARS2) to report back to Natural England and Defra on BD2020 delivery within the AONB
Provide reporting to BARS2 at least twice per year
Annually
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4.4 Partnership Communication
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
4.4C Develop an AONB Partnership Advocacy Plan, particularly focusing on improving and widening communications with AONB funding partners
Develop advocacy plan
2015
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4.4D Produce a clear and concise AONB Annual Report
Publish Annual Report
Annually
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4.4F Organise a biennial AONB conference for partners to celebrate successes and help plan for the future
Hold biennial AONB Conference
2015 onwards
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