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WINTER (into Spring!) NEWSLETTER 2019
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AONB Heritage Conference 2019
Tickets are still available for our ‘Artefacts, Museums and the Historic Environment’ heritage conference on Saturday 27 April 2019
The conference this year will explore themes relating to the local distinctiveness of East Devon museums, the landscape that surrounds them and the history of their collections.
As in previous years, the conference will include a mix of presentations by heritage professionals and local enthusiasts, plus a European dimension.
For more details, including programme of speakers and booking details, download the conference flyer.
Help us recognise the best of the AONB - Acland Awards 2019
The countdown to the East Devon AONB Acland Awards has begun and we need your nominations for outstanding individuals, projects or initiatives that deserve public recognition and celebration for their efforts.
This year the Acland Award is celebrating community projects that are helping to create and encourage sustainable communities.
Sustainable community projects come in all shapes and sizes - they are projects that have a positive impact on the community, arising from improving our environment and how we live and work (environmental, social and economic conditions).
Are you leading a project that's making a difference in your community? Do you know of an initiative that's having a positive impact on people's lives? Why not nominate them for the chance to receive the East Devon AONB Acland Award!
Have your say: East Devon Forests
The Forestry Commission's ‘Forest Plan’ for East Devon has come up for renewal and both organisations and individuals are invited to give feedback on the draft plan proposed for action over the next 10 years.
The reviewed plan includes objectives for the woodlands of East Hill, Farway, Buckley, Parehayne, Offwell, Morganhayes, as well as Wyld Warren, Monkton Wyld, Whitty Hill, Trinity Hill and Hole Common. It defines the long term vision for the collection of woodlands and sets out proposals for how management will move towards achieving this vision over the forthcoming decades.
Comments on the Forestry Commission’s plans for the future are valued and the Forest Plan is available to download in PDF format, or viewable online. The feedback deadline is 22nd April 2019
Funding for Community Projects
Our Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that benefit the landscape, people, wildlife and economy of the AONB.
This financial year, we are thrilled to have secured a further £20,000 for new grants, and applications are NOW OPEN to local initiatives looking to make a positive social, economic and/or environmental impact.
Do you have a project in mind that could benefit from our support?

Great news for AONB art project - From Tree to Sea
Following the success of our Art on the East Devon Way project last year, we are thrilled that our next collaborative project with THG (Thelma Hulbert Gallery) has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £9,400.
The project, ‘From Tree to Sea’, will revisit the work of local Victorian antiquarian Peter Orlando Hutchinson, who painted many well-known East Devon scenes.
School and community workshops will offer unique opportunities to creatively connect with the AONB and learn from contemporary artists, such as Boat builder and storyteller Gail McGarva
Gail will use her Story Boat, a “miniature maritime memories museum” , to bring to life the heritage of our coastal communities, including Beer and Sidmouth, through creative writing, music and visual art.
Free drop-in workshops will also take place at Sidmouth Sea Fest, (18 May) and the Sidmouth Walking Festival (21 – 27 Sept). 

New AONB Partnership Plan - Managing the landscape
Every five years the AONB Management Plan must be reviewed in order to respond to change and focus efforts most effectively. 
The 2019-24 Plan has been renamed Partnership Plan in recognition of the way the Plan is delivered - with others.
The Draft Partnership Plan (2019-24) underwent public consultation last summer and the new 2019-2024 AONB Partnership Plan is now available to download from our website.
The Partnership is committed to the delivery of this Plan and will work with a wide range of organisations and individuals to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the East Devon AONB for future generations.
Congratulations Seaton Wetlands!

Seaton Wetlands, one of East Devon District Council’s most popular nature reserves, has won national praise after being voted for by readers of the BBC Countryfile Magazine.

The beautiful wildlife haven has been awarded runner-up in the ‘Best Nature Reserve’ category in the 2019 Awards, which celebrates the best of the British countryside.
This is brilliant news for the team and also the ‘task force’ of volunteers that work to conserve this important habitat of marshland and reed beds next to the River Axe.
The reserve is owned and run by East Devon District Council’s Countryside team, who organise a wide range of events and activities at the nature reserve, including educational visits, pond dipping, guided walks, conservation tasks, bird watching.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The world-renowned photography exhibition, is currently on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, and opened at Seaton Station on 10 March.
This is the furthest south the exhibition tour will travel, so it’s a real treat for East Devon and visitors to the Seaton Tramway station.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world's best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism on one global platform.
Seen by millions of people all over the world, the awarded images focus on nature photography as an art form, whilst raising the big questions facing our planet. Exhibit ends on 10 May 2019
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