Wyre Coast and Countryside Service

Activities

During the 2017/18 season nine hedge laying sessions took place involving 38 people with a total of 424m of hedge laid between four sites:

Crook O'Lune, Lancaster - 91m

Fell View Campsite, Scorton - 136m

Higher Gills Farm, Rimington - 115m

Lane Side Farm, West Bradford - 82m

Encouragingly, the sessions attracted a mix of regular volunteers alongside some new faces.  Some people traveled a considerable distance to attend the days, which reflects the value these sessions are given.

The weather was particularly snowy/wet during the early part of 2018, which resulted in a number of sessions being cancelled and re-scheduled.

Poor weather also led to the cancellation of this year's Bowland Hedge Laying Competition, which is organised by the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedge Laying Association.

8th November 2017 to 22nd March 2018

Annual Report for the financial year 2014-15 produced and available on the AONB website.

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015

Separate Festival Bowland events brochure produced for 2014.

Festival Bowland programme for 2015 included as part of Discover Bowland guide.

2016 programme currently under development and will be included as part of discovery guide again.

1st January 2014

Actions

2.3 Community Engagement
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.3H Continue to support the involvement of volunteer rangers in managing recreational facilities in the AONB (e.g. Bowland Visitor Centre at Beacon Fell)
Hold 3 volunteer training events/courses for volunteer rangers per year
Annually
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2.4 Sustainable Tourism
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.4H Continue to develop, promote and review downloadable routes for the website, including access for all, walking, cycling & horse riding; encouraging use of public transport wherever possible
Develop up to 6 news routes annually.
Annually
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3.2 Public Rights of Way and Access Land
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.2D Continue the development of involving local volunteers to help maintain and enhance the PRoW network, particularly on AONB 'promoted routes'
Recruit 2 new 'Promoted Routes' monitoring volunteers annually
Annually
Organise an annual event to support and provide feedback to 'Promoted Routes' monitoring volunteers
Annually
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3.3 Visitor Management
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.3B Develop and share best practice amongst countryside site managers and management groups (e.g. Friends groups)to consider development of visitor facilities, minimising impact on landscape and biodiversity and refreshing signage and interpretation with AONB 'messages', wherever possible
Investigate demand for establishing AONB Countryside Site Managers group
2014
Establish a list of AONB 'honeypot' sites including details of site management arrangements
2014
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