North Devon coast partnership celebrates 50 years

NORTH Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership will be launching its 50th anniversary programme at the Sea Ilfracombe Showcase Day on Saturday. The area was designated on September 10, 1959 and confirmed on May 25, 1960 in recognit

NORTH Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership will be launching its 50th anniversary programme at the Sea Ilfracombe Showcase Day on Saturday.

The area was designated on September 10, 1959 and confirmed on May 25, 1960 in recognition of its stunning coastal landscape, which is of national and international importance.

The spectacular stretch covers some 66 square miles from the boundary of Exmoor National Park at Combe Martin to Marsland Mouth on the Cornish border.

For 50 years the Partnership has protected and conserved the area and will honour this landmark birthday with a series of events highlighting the different aspects of life, culture, history and wildlife across the region from this month until May, 2010.


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Richard Butler MBE, chairman of the Partnership, said: "A huge range of local organisations, volunteers and businesses have come together to produce this exciting golden anniversary programme, which offers new and exciting ways to explore our wonderful natural assets. We are greatly appreciative of this support and I would like to personally thank all those who are helping to make our celebrations a success.

"We hope that everyone who goes along to one of our many anniversary events will gain a new understanding of what makes the North Devon Coast so special and how these beautiful landscapes support the economy and quality of life for the local community", concluded Mr Butler.

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North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty presence at Sea Ilfracombe will include a special display of works in the Landmark Pavilion by the winners and finalists of its photographic competition, Imagery with Meaning, which feature expressive and charismatic pictures taken within the designated landscapes. Visitors will also be able to discover more about the areas and gather details about the golden anniversary programme.

Future linked events this year include the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast on Sunday; Beaford Arts Dympsey Tales at Croyde on October 18 and workshops on 12 and 17 October; an ecology talk, Coastwise North Devon, by John Walters in Barnstaple on October 22; the North Devon Archaeological Society conference Time and Tide at the Ilfracombe Landmark on October 25; and Clovelly Herring Festival on November 15.

The new North Devon & Exmoor Autumn Walking Festival, from September 18-21, has also linked 10 of its walks, which fall within the designated landscapes to the 50th anniversary celebrations.

More linked events will be announced shortly together with a programme of dedicated activities organised by the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and plans for a grand finale next May.

For further information about the 50th anniversary visit www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk or call 01237 423655.

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Notes for Editors

1. The North Devon AONB Partnership - The work of the AONB staff Unit is guided by the AONB Partnership, which includes representatives from: Natural England, Devon County Council, Torridge District Council, North Devon Council, Environment Agency, National Farmers Union, Tarka Country Trust , North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Country Landowners and Business Association, National Trust, Taw Torridge Estuary Forum, Forestry Commission, South West Forest, North Devon Plus and North Devon Biosphere Reserve Partnership.

2. The North Devon AONB is a stunning coastal area which is nationally protected for the beauty of its landscape. It is made up of several distinct landscapes, each with their own special habitats and geology with many of them receiving extra protection in their own right. The AONB contains many Sites of Special Scientific Interest including Braunton Burrows, which is the core of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. http://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/.

3. This spectacular stretch, which covers some 66 square miles from the boundary of Exmoor National Park at Combe Martin to Marsland Mouth on the Cornish border, was nominated as an AONB on 10 September 1959 and confirmed on 25 May 1960.

4. Further information about the North Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be found on www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk, www.northdevoncoast.org.uk and www.explorebraunton.org.uk.

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