Cathy's Blog - Food and Governance!
It’s the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival this weekend, and more importantly it is the Fringe Festival for the next two weeks. The Fringe Festival is a marvellous opportunity to experience foody activities throughout east Suffolk, from the very Autumnal activity of Apple Pressing, to producer tours and extensive sampling of local produce. What’s not to like! Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB supports the Festival Fringe because we support local producers and want to encourage more people to eat local produce, reduce their food miles and understand more about where food comes from.
The AONB team will be at the main Festival for the weekend, along with our partner, the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum, with lots of information about the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty plus a #PlasticAction ‘rubbish’ game with top tips for better recycling and reducing plastic use. Come and say hello.
My job, like most of my colleagues, has elements of getting out and about and elements of what I’ll call governance and adherence to conserving and enhancing the landscapes in both AONBs. Attending the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Partnership meeting last week was interesting for the range of topics covered, and a useful reminder in how we are governed and supported by elected members, council officers from numerous local authorities, and representatives from key local organisations with a community and conservation remit. The two AONB Partnerships and Joint Advisory Committees ensure we deliver public good with our government funding, and the meetings are an opportunity to hear about activities and to scrutinise delivery against our statutory Management Plan. It is great to have many public facing organisations work alongside us who have an interest in our outstanding landscapes.
First printed in the EADT Sat 29 Sept 2018