Simon's Blog - Essence of AONBs
I’ve be lucky enough to have been out and about in the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) for work and pleasure recently. At work we have been scoping some work about use of colour in development and at the weekends I have been avoiding some much-needed decorating at chez Amstutz.
It is always time well spent being in these outstanding landscapes but one of the things that makes them so special is how they cherished by people. I suspect not a day goes by when we in the AONB office are not approached by someone with a concern about potential damage to the area’s Natural Beauty or its Special Qualities.
That might include development proposals that will impact a view or special place. Or a proposal that could have a negative impact upon a footpath, much appreciated tranquillity or some wildlife. We are rightly very proud of the 1,975 volunteer days facilitated by our super Countryside Project Officers over the last year but I suspect that number is far exceeded by local residents undertaking environmental projects or working to ensure development proposals do not damage the qualities of the area that many people are rightly proud of.
We in the AONB team salute your efforts and just give a gentle reminder that the AONB team facilitate a number of grant schemes for individuals, parish councils, interest groups and businesses can apply for to deliver projects that benefit the areas Social, Environmental and Economic interests.
We are currently accepting applications for a grant scheme sponsored on the Suffolk Coast by Suffolk Secrets, a holiday cottage letting agency, but have other grant schemes running throughout the year, look on our websites for details.
So, a big thank you to all those people that cherish the AONB landscapes and the wildlife, special places and people that they contain. The work that these people do, whether practical conservation work, surveying, keeping an eye on development applications or making a space for nature during their business and farming operations help keep our landscapes outstanding.
First written for the EADT 11/11/17