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Tourism Award for the AONB
 
Back in February we were thrilled to receive the accolade of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.
 
We were one of 20 protected landscapes to be recognised for the collective award, with a surprise presentation on the night, celebrating our work to conserve and manage our beautiful places and the role our landscapes play in helping to support the South West’s tourism economy.
 
It was certainly a proud evening for us, but in accepting the trophy on behalf of the East Devon AONB we also credit the farmers, landowners, businesses, organisations and individuals that help make these special places truly outstanding through generations of hard work and management.
 
With more than 450 people from the tourism sector in the South West attending the gala evening, the award provided a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance and value of our striking landscapes, diverse wildlife and protected heritage; one of the primary reasons visitors choose the region as a destination.
 
 
Legacy to Landscape
 
The programme for 2018 has been printed and is available on our website. The events and activities available are your opportunity to learn more about the wildlife, history and landscape of the area. We have a full programme of 27 events this year and these will be supplemented by practical events in the autumn - so keep a look out.
 
We have also launched our brand new Timeline Game, tracing historic events in the lifetime of King John’s Oak the 800 year old oak tree. This is an educational aid for school groups and youth groups in the area developed as part of the project. It links local and historic events with the stages of the trees development making a connection with historic studies and the outdoor environment.

 
 
Happy Birthday to EDW
 
The East Devon Way (EDW) - our popular 40 mile walking route that runs right through the heart of the East Devon AONB - is 25 years old this year!
 
To celebrate, we have partnered with the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) to deliver the Art on the East Devon Way project. This is a unique approach to enjoying the route that we hope will help people of all ages engage with the landscape in new and creative ways.
 
The summer programme will include lots of nature-based art opportunities, creative activities and workshops along the East Devon Way and at THG.
 
View online or download the guide below to find out more about the activities that culminate with an exhibition showcasing the work created throughout East Devon from 8 Sept - 27 Oct at THG and a celebratory community party on Sat 27 October.

 
 
Sustainable Development Fund
 
Our Sustainable Development Fund was fully committed again last year, supporting 11 community based projects with a combined project value of £64,800.
 
We supported a diverse range of projects that have each contributed to the wildlife, landscape and communities of the East Devon AONB; including the development of market garden as training facility for people with learning difficulties and the provision of materials for community groups and local school children to build a variety of wildlife boxes. 
 
This year we have a further £20,000 allocated to the fund and we are open for applications, so if you have a project in mind then why not chat to Pete?

 
 
A Green Future: 25 Year Plan
 

Farming and the environment: The long- awaited 25year Environment Plan from the UK government has finally been published and amongst its long list of commitments is the promise that AONB will be reviewed for the 21st century. Additionally, the Plan states that over the 25yrs the government is committed to making sure that AONBs are not only conserved but enhanced.

 

The Plan is the culmination of more than two years of close work and consultation with environmental bodies, including the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB).

 
In support of Defra's principles, the East Devon AONB is working closely with farmers to aid the conservation of wildlife and enhance the landscape of the AONB. Our Farm Facilitation programme, with 54 farms in the heart of the AONB, is one of the key tools referenced in the plan as a way of improving collaboration at a landscape scale.
 
Our more recent partnership with the Princes Countryside Fund is also helping to support 19 family farms plan for the future, with a series of workshops targeting business and succession planning. 
 
Environment Plan campaigns: 2019 will be a year of green action with the #iwill campaign designed to encourage young people to engage with the natural environment. The government will also launch a 3yr Natural Environment for Health and Well-being programme.

 
 
Partnership Event - Save the Date!
 
The benefits of creating and maintaining woodland are increasingly being recognised for their important role in protecting the environment, reducing water pollution and helping to reduce flood risk.
 
‘Woods and Water’ is the next event in our AONB Partnership calendar aimed at raising awareness of the local issues relating to flood and water quality, current projects working to address them and the health of our local trees.
 
Open to Partnership members and Ambassadorsthe event will be held on Wednesday 11th July at Feoffees Town Hall and include presentations from the Woods for Water Project and the Forestry Commission. Registration is now open.

 
 
New Partnership Ambassador Rep
 
As part of the development of the Ambassador scheme, it has been agreed to co-opt an Ambassador representative onto the AONB Partnership, to represent the Ambassadors as a group.
 
AONB Ambassador Derek Carter, from Sidford, has accepted the role and will attend AONB Partnership meetings on behalf of all Ambassadors starting this April. He will act as a conduit for all Ambassadors and assist in developing links between membership and the AONB team and Partnership.
 
If Ambassadors have any messages or issues they wish the AONB to consider, they should contact Derek to discuss them and consider how best to progress them.

 
 
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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Sidmouth EX10 8NG
 
 
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