Conference 2015 Media Releases

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Landscapes for Life Awards

Fourteen people who between them have given 394 years service to AONBs today received recognition for their work.

The Landscapes for Life Award recognises those who have contributed 20 years or more to the conservation and enhancement of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

Philip Hygate NAAONB Chairman said “This new Award bestows national recognition and gratitude for the service given by staff, volunteers and elected members who have assisted the work of their AONB partnerships”. He added “These people share a great knowledge and expertise and are, in many ways, the best advocates for, and representation of, what AONBs stand for. Staff who have been in post since the early days of the AONB partnerships have played a role in embedding AONBs as part of our cultural and political landscape.”

Recipients received a certificate and copy of the Landscape Photographer of the Year book that includes outstanding images of AONBs. The publication has been kindly provided by Visit Britain.

The Awards Ceremony formed a fitting close to Landscapes for Life Conference 2015 which has focussed on “Sharing, Learning and Inspiring”.
Download the full media release here: Landscapes for Life Awards Press Release 2015

The Bowland Award 2015

30th June 2015
The Award was presented to Tracy Adams, South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project Manager. Michael Mounde, Chairman of the Cranborne Chase AONB, said, “I am absolutely delighted that the South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project has been honoured and recognised in this way. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Tracy Adams, but also to our partners: the farmers, who create the birds’ habitat and Wessex Water plc who provide funding for the work.”

NAAONB Chairman, Mr Philip Hygate said “The South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project is a very worthy winner of the Bowland Award and it is fitting that this year’s recipient is a project that has contributed an outstanding environmental contribution to the well-being of the Cranborne Chase AONB, by sharing, learning and inspiring. I congratulate them on their achievements”.

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Bowland Award Nominations 2015

The search to find this year’s worthy recipient(s) of the Bowland Award has gone one step further with a short list of 3 drawn up for consideration by delegates at Landscapes for Life Conference 2015.

The Bowland Award, a hen harrier sculpture in bronze, is awarded annually for the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The short listed nominees are:

  • Bill Jenman on Behalf of Touching the Tide
  • Matt Holden on behalf of River Stour Project Volunteers
  • South Wiltshire Farmland Birds Project

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 2015 “Sharing, Learning, Inspiring” next week and we look forward to an exciting evening of voting.

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