Landscapes for Life Conference 2013 – Supporters

Tuesday 16th July – Thursday 18th July 2013   University College Suffolk

The National Association for AONBs is grateful to the following organisations for their support of Landscapes for Life Conference 2013:

anglian waterAnglian Water

Challenge and change is the new norm when it comes to managing our natural resources and protecting the environment around us. We can no longer just rely on engineering solutions to help us address the challenges of a changing climate, and a growing population. That’s why, at Anglian Water, our Love Every Drop strategy underpins everything we do. It’s a campaign that puts water at the heart of a whole new way of living. The platform promotes innovation, collaboration and transformation at a scale never seen before: a landscape scale. It’s only by working in harmony with the world around us – our partners, our customers, and the natural environment – that we’ll be able to support economic recovery, protect the outstanding countryside that our region is famous for, and secure the resources we need for the future. Love Every Drop is our campaign for the future, and we’re inviting everyone in the region to get behind it. We’ll do our bit by improving our network and managing a £2.3 billion investment programme by 2015, to help us prepare for the future. And we’re calling on our customers, in their homes and business, to join us. You can too – check out our latest campaigns at

We look forward to sharing our ideas with the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Landscapes for Life Conference 2013.

craggatak consultingCraggatak Consulting

Established in 2007 by Paul Tiplady, Craggatak Consulting is a respected landscape management and planning practice specialising in sustaining our protected landscapes. Paul has earned a reputation as a diligent, committed and professional partner. He has a proven record in the development and application of town and country planning policies; the preparation of concise management strategies; and the execution of constructive business reviews. Paul’s detailed knowledge of protected landscape policy, landscape characterisation issues and the mechanics of local government have won him praise.
Paul is a sole professional but is a part of a network of consultancies that come together to build the teams needed to complete a wide range of commissions. He has undertaken commissions throughout the United Kingdom, for example working with the Countryside Council for Wales to test their approach to protected landscape designations and support their work to extend the Clwydian Range AONB into the Dee Valley. He has completed a series of AONB governance reviews, management strategy reviews, Strategic Environmental Assessments, Sustainability Appraisals and Habitat Regulation Assessments in both England and Wales. Other work in England has focused on design guides for protected landscapes. In Northern Ireland he has devised and run public engagement exercises as a part of the development of the first management plans for their AONBs. Work in Scotland has included support for the creation of the Loch Lomond National Park and a study into the boundary and governance needs of the National Scenic Areas associated with Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.
With 6 years as a freelance consultant, Paul is dedicated to supporting the Protected Landscape Family. He wants to help people develop AONBs and National Parks as vibrant, dynamic, functioning landscapes that help underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of society.
Paul wants to support you. Visit or contact for more information.

Environment Agency logoThe Environment Agency

Over the last 20 years there have been significant improvements in the quality of water, land and air, but there is still much to do.
How we look after and use our water is of critical importance to society, the environment and sustainable development. Rivers, lakes, streams, estuaries, groundwater and our coastal waters are all under constant threat from the many uses placed directly on them, and on the wider catchment that feeds them. Maintaining a clean and healthy water environment is vital to ensure that we can continue to benefit from the many services that our wetland habitats provide.
The Environment Agency supports the NAAONB conference and the legacy of discussion and potential partnerships that it will foster. It is an important forum to explore solutions to ensure that our water systems are properly managed and our environment is safeguarded now and for the future.

Essex and Sussex Water logoEssex and Suffolk Water

We are fortunate to operate in part of the country where there are a number of AONBs, including the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast. We are delighted to support the conference and host a visit to one of our operational sites within one of these special and important landscapes.


Greentraveller is a content media partner for sustainable tourism in protected areas. Our team of professional travel writers are producing a series of online Greentraveller Guides to AONBs in the UK that focus on the whole visitor experience, including accommodation, low impact activities, visitor attractions and local food providers, as well as how to travel to and around protected areas without a car.
Greentraveller Guides provide destinations with a high profile platform that acts a route to market at the national level for local tourism businesses to attract the right kind of visitor in a meaningful and engaging way, showcasing the connection between their businesses and the local landscape and providing guests with a genuine sense of place.
Greentraveller’s team of new media professionals also produce high definition videos to promote green tourism businesses and sustainable transport, we manage social media campaigns, provide responsive web and app design services, and produce high quality maps, leaflets and booklets.
We are delighted to support the NAAONB conference as part of our ongoing efforts to promote the right kind of tourism to these special areas.

Connecting Sustainable Tourism with Inspiring Experiences that contribute to Local Economies… Less Carbon, More Fun!

responsible travel logoResponsible Travel

As the private sector partner to Our Land (, a joint collaboration between nine protected landscapes in the South East to develop and promote sustainable rural tourism, is delighted to be sponsoring the Landscapes for Life Conference 2013. Our Land is now the leading place online to find a holiday in a collection of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks. All featured places to stay and things to do have been carefully selected for their efforts to conserve and enhance the much-loved features of our protected landscapes. The initiative is now available to any UK Protected Landscape wishing to join and already has 16 Protected Landscapes signed-up, with many more anticipated to join in the near future. is the world’s first and leading website promoting responsible, sustainable and ethical travel. Since 2001 we have been carefully selecting specialist tour operators who will give you the chance to get the inside track on places and to discover travel secrets away from the tourist crowds. We’ve found specialists who know places intimately to run the tours and help you to ‘travel like a local’. They want to keep their homes special and unspoilt by tourism, which we like! We believe responsible tourism is a better way to see the world. Not only do you get a richer, more authentic experience, but your holiday benefits local people and the environment.

St Edmundsbury District Council logoSt Edmundsbury Borough Council

We are pleased to be able to support the Landscapes for Life Conference. The area contains many varied and significant landscapes in this rural part of Suffolk with the River Stour running along part of the southern boundary and the Brecks taking up a significant area in the north. NAAONB Board Member, Peter Stevens, is Portfolio Holder for Rural Areas at the Borough Council. The Council has always advocated a balanced approach to the protection of its rural landscapes while recognising the need to address pockets of relative rural deprivation and the need to enable the rural economy to flourish. Our Rural Vision 2031 provides a pioneering approach to local planning in combining planning and corporate policies and actions into one document. The Vision has been prepared in close collaboration with organisations working in the rural areas and includes proposals for the delivery of green infrastructure projects that will maintain and enhance the landscapes.
The Council is an active partner of the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project and strongly supports the extension of the AONB designation to cover the high quality and distinctive landscapes along the remainder of the valley.

Suffolk County Council logoSuffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council is the host authority for both the Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It recognises their significance and the work of the AONB teams championing these incredible landscapes.
The county council has prioritised the protection of the environment in Suffolk. Included in this priority action is assistance in delivering major externally funded projects ongoing in the AONBs such as Touching the Tide and Managing a Masterpiece.
Paving the way for a future of sustainable transport, cleaner beaches and community involvement to name just a few elements, the AONBs demonstrate how partnership working helps to ensure that the landscapes will remain special for future generations. Over the next year, the county council will integrate the structures of the two AONBs to put them on a more robust financial footing for the future.
Portfolio holder Richard Smith and Lucy Robinson Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Economy, Skills and Environment are delighted to be attending Landscapes for Life Conference 2013 to see at first-hand how the AONB Family and the NAAONB delivers its Landscapes for Life message on the importance of the AONBs.


The National Association for AONBs is grateful to the following organisations for their core support:
Natural England
Natural Resources Wales