Thursday 3 July 2014
The Chilterns Commons Project, run by the Chilterns Conservation Board, has been nominated for a national conservation award.
The Bowland Award is awarded annually for the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are 46 AONBs in the UK, so competition is strong. The Commons Project is one of four short-listed projects and the voting will take place next week at the annual AONB conference 'Landscapes for Life 2014'.
Howard Davies, CEO of the National Association for AONBs, said: “The Award is one of our ways of acknowledging the tireless work of people who contribute to making the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty wonderful places to live and work in or visit. We are looking for a person or a group of people for whom sharing, learning and inspiring is a way of life”.
He added: “The short-listed nominees will give a “final pitch” at Landscapes for Life Conference 2014 “Sharing, Learning, Inspiring” next week and we look forward to an exciting evening of voting."
The Chilterns Commons Project has been running for threes years and has done a huge amount to promote and conserve the wildlife, community and historic interest of the 200 commons in the Chilterns. Hundreds of volunteers have been involved, 39 training courses held to date and the Project has reached out to thousands via public events. It has £400,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery funding plus support from a wide range of partners and will finish next year.
The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) was formed in 1998 as an independent organisation to act on behalf of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its membership is largely composed of AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards, representatives from local authorities whose boundaries include AONBs and individuals who are concerned to improve AONB management and funding arrangements.
Find out more about the Commons Project.