Written in to the Land – Bowland Award Nominee

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The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of the most attractive and fascinating landscapes of England and Wales and the result of a partnership between people and the land in which they have lived and laboured for more than 5000 years.
The approach known as Historic Landscape Characterisation encourages us to explore the history and origins of our local area with new eyes, prompting us to ask what stories they have to tell and why they matter for us and future generations.

Following several years of collating and refining information relating to the historic landscape character, in 2015 we successfully bid for Heritage Lottery funding to help turn this rich resource into something accessible and useable by all those living and working in the AONB.

The aims of this project are to better understand the historic landscape of the North Wessex Downs; to raise awareness of the unique cultural heritage of the area amongst local people and visitors; and to inform decisions about development, conservation, and land management.

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