North Devon AONB announces its next five-year plan

NORTH Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has launched its next ambitious five-year Management Strategy Action Plan. Celebrating its' 50th anniversary this year with an impressive list of successes, The North Devon's AONB objectives for the next f

NORTH Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has launched its next ambitious five-year Management Strategy Action Plan. Celebrating its' 50th anniversary this year with an impressive list of successes, The North Devon's AONB objectives for the next five years, include continued community research, local landscape management training, environmental stewardship and support for North Devon's Biosphere Reserve, local producers and farmers, carbon reduction, sustainable tourism, developing the environmental economy and specialist advice for county wildlife sites.Key objectives also include increasing local community involvement, enthusiasm, and pride for our stunning coastal environment.Richard Butler, AONB chairman said: "Just as the last five years have been a great success, the new Management Plan looks forward to even greater achievements in the next five years. We are confident this will be the case as we have such good on-going community support for this outstandingly special area."Highlights over the last few years have included a comprehensive community profile of the area's wildlife, landscape and other distinctive features; the launch of the interactive Explore Braunton project, Discovery Days, Library Nature Courses, Poetry and Photograph competitions inspired by the stunning local landscape and a distribution of �280,000 among more than 70 local projects supporting initiatives such as beach cleaning, local food and produce, art, tourism, health and environmental events from the Sustainable Development Fund. The team has raised a similar amount from European Funds, the National Lottery and other sources, culminating in raising half a million pounds to the coastal community and economy over the last five years.North Devon's AONB and Biosphere Reserve status is undoubtedly a strong draw for the 2.5 million visitors each year to the region, bringing upwards of �80m to North Devon's local economy.


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