North Devon stands to benefit from a European Union project to protect prized landscapes

THE North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) stands to benefit from a European project to protect prized landscapes.

DEVON County Council is leading the CORDIALE project, which will provide a much needed boost to the sustainable management of nationally designated landscapes.

The project has received £3.1million (€3.6 million) from the European Regional Development Fund to explore the challenges facing the natural environment and how best to adapt to change while safeguarding the special qualities of these prized landscapes.

The county council is one of five partners in the South West of England involved in the project along with South West Protected Landscapes Forum, North Devon Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the University of Plymouth.

They are working with four partner authorities in the French regions of Brittany and Normandy.

The scheme will examine the pressures changing our landscapes, from economic development and suburbanisation to climate change and the loss of traditional skills – and how all of these factors may impact on our cultural assets, surroundings, habitats and wildlife. 

Devon is a particular focus of the project, with local projects being delivered in its five AONBs.

Research will be carried out on the current techniques used by partners in managing protected landscapes. Pilot projects and field trials will be held on both sides of the Channel in order to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to managing land.