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National Lottery awards £164,300 Resilient Heritage grant to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Friday 28 September 2018

The grant, made possible by National Lottery players, will fund the Future Landscapes Project.

The project which will explore how the AONB Family and its national charity can become more resilient and better prepared to address strategic challenges is part of a wider ambition of the NAAONB to develop organisational and professional capacity to respond to changing political, policy and fiscal challenges. This positive development will help ensure that the AONB Family can continue to help support the UK’s treasured national landscapes and ensure their contribution to the economy and well-being of UK society.

The Future Landscapes Project consists of two complementary elements:

  • A crucial review of the sustainability and governance of the NAAONB Charity, investigating the remit, structures, resourcing and accountability of the organisation,
  • A professional and personal development programme, Taking the Lead, delivered to a cohort of AONB staff to help develop greater collaborative working across the AONB Family.

Participants from the programme, coming from the 38 AONBs in England and Wales, will receive personality profiling and coaching. Topic working groups will then be established to address complex problems facing the AONBs.

Future Landscapes Project Manager, Richard Clarke, said “This is a tremendous opportunity for the AONB Family and the NAAONB. It could not have come at a better time coinciding with the Government’s Review of England’s Designated Landscapes and inputting to the potential of the role of AONBs as set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan. The support from the National Lottery, to help establish a collaborative working culture across the AONB network of national landscapes, will mean that both the Charity and the AONB Family will be perfectly positioned to take full advantage of the opportunities that emerge from the Review.”

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