Landscapes for Life Conference 2014 Supporters

Tuesday 8th July – Thursday 10th July 2014   Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria

The National Association for AONBs is grateful to the following organisations for their support of Landscapes for Life Conference 2014:

National GridNational Grid
National Grid is pleased to be principal sponsor of Landscapes for Life Conference 2014 and will use it as an opportunity to promote its Visual Impact Provision project, a major initiative to reduce the visual impact of transmission lines in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks.

Leading environmentalist and independent chair of National Grid’s Stakeholder Advisory Group, Chris Baines will deliver a keynote speech detailing the project which has been developed in response to the £500 million allowance made available by Ofgem in March 2013, which applies to all electricity transmission owners across Great Britain.

In his role as chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Group, Baines is working alongside the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and organisations including the Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign to Protect Rural Wales, and the National Trust.

Together with some of the UK’s leading landscape consultants, the Stakeholder Advisory Group’s members will identify potential projects – both large and small – that can deliver the greatest visual mitigation of existing transmission lines.

More information about the Visual Impact Provision project can be found at:

Allerdale District CouncilAllerdale Borough Council
Allerdale Borough Council is pleased to be sponsoring Landscapes for Life Conference 2014 at Newton Rigg Agricultural College this July. In the Solway Coast AONB, we help to manage one of the most stunning areas of landscape in the UK, and arguably one of the most significant in terms of its history and habitats.

To be welcoming the annual conference to Cumbria in the 50th anniversary year of the Solway Coast AONB offers a great opportunity to showcase the area, and all of its attractions, to a wider audience as part of the accompanying programme of activities.

Eden District Council
Eden District Council
Eden District Council is pleased to be sponsoring Landscapes for Life Conference 2014.

Eden comprises Lake Ullswater, the Eden valley, Alston and the North Pennines. It is a diverse area of stunning landscapes from the mountains surrounding the lake to the pretty villages dotted throughout the Eden valley and along the River Eden to the rugged beauty of the Pennies. The visitor can enjoy a range of activities, great hospitality and amazing local food. Eden has many fine local producers and menus offer local meat, cheeses and bread plus a brewery or two and even a winery located in the Pennines. Cycling and walking are the main activities with many local and long distant routes and walks, but not forgetting the water based activities plus some history and heritage. We look forward to welcoming you to Eden.

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. For Natural Resources Wales, he has analysed the evidence, experience and best practice of using an ecosystem approach to natural resource management and suggested how to apply the approach the management planning of protected landscapes in Wales. 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 and completed a critical review of the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site Management Plan. 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 7 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.

Europarc ConsultingEuroparc Consulting
EUROPARC Consulting Limited is the UK consultancy arm of the EUROPARC Federation, the umbrella organisation for Europe’s protected areas. We specialise in all aspects of the policy and practice of AONB and general protected-area management and are uniquely placed to provide advice, training and expertise, as we use exclusively the skills of experts with first-hand experience.

We offer wide range of services – from individual pieces of consultancy work for AONBs, such as preparation of management plans, monitoring reports, support with EU applications for LIFE, ERASMUS and other programmes, study visits, etc., to the implementation of larger projects for government agencies and international funding bodies.

Our team consists exclusively of experts with direct experience of protected area management and practice all across Europe but mainly in the UK, and it is this very practical focus which distinguishes its services. EUROPARC Consulting was founded in 2001 to provide good value-for-money and high-quality expert consultancy services with excellent experts mainly drawn from the EUROPARC pool. In 2009, the company set up a UK branch in order to be closer to its main client base in AONBs, national parks and other designated landscapes in this country.

Find out more about the projects we have been working on recently from our website or by following us on Facebook We also heartily invite you to contact us direct by email on or anne.webster@europarc-consulting.or if you have any specific questions or want a quote for a project or piece of work. We look forward to hearing from you!

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’s Guides to AONBs on our award-winning consumer website that focus on connecting together the entire 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’s Guides provide AONBs 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 local distinctiveness and the connection between local businesses and the local landscape, providing guests with a genuine sense of place.

Greentraveller’s team of new media professionals also produce high definition videos to promote local tourism businesses, landscapes and sustainable transport. Our videos are now featured in our own dedicated Green Traveller channel on Visit Britain TV, which reaches a huge audience overseas. We also manage social media campaigns, produce high quality leaflets and booklets, and organise press visits and promotional campaigns on sustainable transport and tourism., was shortlisted as ‘Best Online Consumer Travel Publication’ in the 2013 British Travel Press Awards, which recognise excellence and achievement in travel writing, photography and broadcasting.

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.

Visit or contact Richard Hammond for more information.

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