2017 Bowland Award – Nominees

Nominees: The Monument Management Scheme, Nectarworks, Coastal Creatures, High Weald Heroes


The Monument Management Scheme

In which AONB(s) is the activity being carried out? Howardian Hills AONB Partnership

Howardian Hills AONB MMS project

Overview The Monument Management Scheme is a 4-year partnership project utilising AONB Team staff, volunteers and contractors to manage Scheduled Monuments to remove them from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.Historic England funding has bought capacity within the existing AONB Team, to organise volunteers to survey and assess sites. Management work is then agreed and implemented by either contractors or volunteers (often working alongside contractors or with a social enterprise group). 75 of the 79 Scheduled Monuments in the AONB have been surveyed, and by the end of Year Two significant management work had started on 39 sites (30% more than the original target).

After years of neglect and decline, the Condition of nearly 50% of the Scheduled Monuments in the AONB has already been directly improved.
For this very small AONB Team, obtaining direct funding for core staff to deliver the MMS project has been a major achievement.

What was done The over-arching objective is to reduce the risk status of Scheduled Monuments (principally those At Risk and Vulnerable in the higher priority categories) and enable them to be removed from the national Heritage at Risk Register. The project has the following goals and milestones, as laid out in the funding application:

  1. To up-skill a member of the AONB Unit staff and a group of volunteers to carry out survey and management works on the SMs in the AONB – by 31st May 2015.
  2. To survey the 79 SMs in the AONB, using the recording form already developed by NYMNPA/NYCC. Survey to exclude built structural elements and areas of sites within EH Guardianship – by 1st September 2015.
  3. To review the database of SMs to identify and prioritise monuments and issues to be addressed. This will be a continuous process, relying largely on personal knowledge in the first year but then incorporating the survey results in subsequent years.
  4. To liaise with landowners to discuss management issues that are outside the scope of this project, i.e. likely timescale for felling forestry crops growing on SMs.
  5. To carry out work on approximately 30 SMs where the known or identified Principal Threats are related to bracken, tree, scrub or plant growth. Works to consist of initial clearance work plus essential follow-up chemical treatments(s) – by 31st March 2019.
  6. Where desirable and feasible, on applicable SMs, to re-establish a benign grass-based vegetation cover (or carry out experimental work to test methodologies) – by 31st March 2019.
  7. To carry out a follow-up survey in Year 4, to assess the impact of works – by 31st March 2019.
  8. To create a legacy of skilled AONB staff and volunteers who can continue works after the formal end of the project – by 31st March 2019.

Target:

Within the overall parameters detailed above, the project target is for 8 monuments in the AONB to be removed from the HAR Register over the four year course of the project.

Similarly, work to at least 15 Vulnerable monuments should prevent their decline and subsequent entry on the HAR Register.

The budget for the four years of the project is as follows:

  • Historic England Capacity Building grant: £44,032
  • Howardian Hills AONB: £15,300
  • Volunteer time: £19,500

The funding from Historic England includes allowances to buy-in expert help from the North York Moors National Park’s MMS Officer (a qualified archaeologist), as well as from North Yorkshire County Council’s Volunteer Coordinator. This provides us with additional staff resources at no cost, as well as earning the partner organisations a small amount of income.

See below for description of how the work is being carried out and achievements to date.

Outputs/Outcomes

 

The use of volunteers to survey sites is relatively commonplace, and training was delivered by North York Moors MMS and Historic England staff. The survey element of the project was therefore completed relatively easily.

One of the keys to success in delivering the practical management element of the project has been the link-up between our group of volunteers and the social enterprise group Moorswork. Larger or more technical tasks, such as herbicide application and the use of chainsaws and chippers, have been carried out by specialist contractors. Using contractors for all the sites would however have been prohibitively expensive for the AONB budget, as our contribution is paying for all the practical works.

With a re-organisation at North Yorkshire County Council, Rangers were no longer available to lead volunteer tasks, and no staff capacity was available within the AONB Team. Liz Bassindale the AONB Officer developed a methodology whereby the leader of the Moorswork group would be trained to lead the AONB volunteers, thereby creating a combined group and allowing tasks to go ahead.

Moorswork is a Social Enterprise undertaking paid conservation work in the eastern part of North Yorkshire. The Moorswork team is made up of adults with learning difficulties and their group leaders. Funding to establish the Social Enterprise came from the North York Moors National Park Innovation Fund in 2013 and the team currently operates for two days per week in the AONB and National Park.

Although not specifically designed as such, the collaboration has had unexpected health and wellbeing benefits for both groups. The AONB volunteers demonstrate the typical volunteer demographic of older, white men, with some of them living on their own. The Moorswork trainees are often in their 20s and all have a range of learning difficulties. Both groups have benefited from working alongside each other, with the Moorswork Leader particularly noticing the improvements in cognitive ability, motor skills and social skills within his trainees. The AONB volunteers have developed new social interactions and had the satisfaction of seeing improvements in the Moorswork trainees.

The principle of ‘contractors’ leading volunteers has also been extended to encompass two local contractors. They are now authorised to lead volunteers and this has increased the number of options available when deciding how to implement management work.

Using these mechanisms, 9 task days were held on 13 monuments in 2016/17, equating to 82 volunteer/days. All the costs for Moorswork and contractors to lead the tasks were covered by the Historic England funding.

Half way through the project the goals are already being exceeded. 75 of the 79 SMs were surveyed by volunteers and practical work is now being targeted at 46 monuments where vegetation such as bracken or scrub growth has been identified as an issue, or where other capital management works might improve the Condition.

To date, practical work has been carried out to improve the Condition of 39 SMs, with 18 At Risk monuments on course for removal from the Heritage at Risk Register by the end of the project. This would be more than double the original target and will significantly improve the condition and public visibility of the historic heritage resource within the AONB.

 

Learning

 

The main keys to success with this project have been:

  • Developing the project over a long timescale, garnering and utilising expertise from other existing projects.
  • Building paid assistance from these other projects into our own project, enabling us to benefit from external expertise and other organisations to earn a small income.
  • The innovative thinking of a member of the AONB Team to unlock the impasse of having many willing volunteers but no Volunteer Leaders.

The melding of all the various benefits into a simple scheme that delivered Historic England’s core aim of managing Scheduled Monuments in order to remove them from the national Heritage at Risk Register, and which allowed the majority of the cash funding to be accessed from Historic England.

Quote from participant or someone who has benefitted

“The way that the groups work together is a positive example of social integration. The Moorswork team members are very much part of the bigger team and have responded well to working alongside the volunteers.”
Peter Scott, Director of Moorswork and the leader of the volunteer group.

“Identifying this way of joint working has enabled conservation volunteering to continue in this part of the county. Following budget cuts and restructuring the leadership provided by Moorswork is essential for us to be able to offer conservation tasks in the Howardian Hills to our volunteer team. Everyone involved feels this joint working has been a great success and volunteers and trainees have enjoyed working together.”
Sheila Laking, Volunteer Coordinator, North Yorkshire County Council.

“I am gaining knowledge about the conservation work that is done. It is a positive and inclusive environment. I can see that the people with Moorswork are benefitting, gaining practical and social skills as am I. I do hope that the people supported by Moorswork might develop sufficiently to move into paid employment in the future.”
AONB volunteer

  

Nectarworks

In which AONB(s) is the activity being carried out? North Pennines AONB

Flower rich meadow

Overview Over the last half century, there has been a catastrophic decline in hay meadows and a corresponding decline in bumblebees. With 40% of the UK’s resource of upland hay meadows and rare invertebrates, we are in a strong position to take action. The North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Nectarworks project focusses on the enhancement, restoration and celebration of flower-rich habitats and the nectar-feeding invertebrates that depend on them. We are proud of our achievements through this project.

We have restored upland hay meadows using new and innovative approaches and engaged with the farmers who manage them. We have facilitated the establishment of a new network for smallholders and generated a host of exciting and fulfilling opportunities for volunteers. We have worked to generate a ground-swell of support amid farmers, volunteers and local residents, young and old and have worked with them to create new nectar gardens within their communities.

What was done Following the provision of extensive training, we have worked with a team of skilled and enthusiastic volunteers to identify and survey the most flower-rich grasslands in the North Pennines. We also commissioned a specialist survey of nectar-feeding invertebrates of flower-rich habitats. Together, this information has enabled us to engage with farmers to help them further understand the importance of their land for biodiversity.

We have used a unique and specially-commissioned machine to harvest seed from steep banks and road verges, the seed then being spread on nearby meadows as part of a landscape-scale restoration programme. We coupled this with a knowledge-exchange approach with farmers and smallholders to increase understanding of these special habitats and improve the management of them.

Following consultation, we facilitated the establishment of the North Pennines Smallholder Group – a network of enthusiastic local landowners who wish to manage their land to maximise biodiversity. We worked in partnership with them to deliver a suite of training events.

We ran a residential scything training programme to reinvigorate this ancient skill and facilitated community scything events across the North Pennines.

We have developed a GIS-based ‘Nectar-Source Network Map’ which shows the extent and connectivity between different flower-rich habitats across the landscape. This will help target future action for plants and pollinators.

Following annual training in bumblebee identification and garden survey techniques, local volunteers undertook a programme of surveys in residents’ gardens across the AONB. Advice packs were sent to those participating, setting out what was found and top tips for bumblebee-friendly gardening specifically tailored to the harsh conditions of the North Pennines.

We worked in depth with a series of schools across the North Pennines to enthuse, educate and enable the children to take action for bumblebees. As part of this, we created new nectar-rich gardens in their grounds and a teacher pack full of ideas for active enjoyable learning.

We inspired communities and local groups to improve their area for pollinators by creating nectar-rich gardens in community spaces.

Through a programme of enjoyable activities, we inspired people living in residential care homes to take action for pollinators by creating bee-friendly spaces in the grounds.

Having trained volunteers in oral history skills, we enabled them to interview veteran beekeepers from the area. This resulted in a series of fantastic photo films which were launched at a well-received premiere.

We developed an extensive communications programme, including walks, talks, training events, self-guided walk leaflets, mini-films and media coverage.

Outputs/Outcomes Throughout the four year project:

  • We have undertaken botanical surveys of over 250 wildflower-rich places across the North Pennines, inputting the sites into the ‘Nectar-Source Network Map’.
  • The team of committed volunteer botanists has expanded from an initial dedicated group of 15, to 31 active volunteers. Two training courses have been run each year, training beginner botanists all the way through to skilled surveyors. In total, 38 sites have been surveyed in detail by volunteers, taking soil samples and undertaking over 380 quadrats (1m x 1m squares). The data is being used to assess the importance of flower-rich sites and the management of them, this information is being drawn into a final report
  • We have harvested seed from flower-rich steep banks and meadows and spread seed on 43 meadows, equalling 133 hectares. The sites have been monitored following the methods set-out during the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Hay-Time project. Results from the Hay-time project confirm that seed addition is highly successful, increasing wildflower diversity and species-richness. Early indications suggest that we have successfully introduced wildflowers such as wood crane’s-bill and Lady’s-mantles back into the meadows, the final results will be revealed at the end of August 2017
  • With the help of 20 volunteers, we have hand-collected wildflower seeds, grown plug plants and planted out 3000 wildflower plants into 10 meadows, equalling 20 hectares
  • We have discussed the management of upland hay meadows and flower-rich places with over 110 local farmers
  • The North Pennines Smallholder Group (NPS) has expanded to include over 100 smallholders. We have organised and run 15 training workshops, including topics such as meadow management, rush management, bee-keeping and livestock health. There is a well-established Facebook group and website and there is a further summer of workshops lined-up for 2017
  • We have trained 25 people in the traditional use of a scythe to mow meadows. We facilitated 3 community scything events at a community orchard, a village green and our Bowlees Visitor Centre.
  • We trained 56 volunteers in bumblebee identification, who collectively surveyed 177 gardens, enthusing residents and inspiring them to create bee-friendly spaces across the AONB
  • We worked with 875 children in 26 primary schools through creative and active learning and excited them about bumblebees and pollination. We helped 22 schools to create nectar rich gardens in their grounds.
  • We inspired 7 community groups to improve their area for pollinators by creating nectar-rich gardens including Parish Councils, a community orchard group, Brownies and WI’s.
  • Through a programme of activities, we enthused people living in 2 residential care homes to help bumblebees by creating nectar gardens in their grounds.
  • We trained 10 volunteers in oral history skills. These volunteers interviewed 24 veteran beekeepers and summarised or transcribed the recordings. The recordings and transcriptions are now held in the archives at Durham County Records Office for posterity. A local young film-maker used the recordings and the beekeepers own photographs to create 11 poignant photo-films. Over 100 people attended the premiere.
  • We’ve directly engaged with over 4500 people through our programme of walks, talks and attending events

The project has a strong legacy in terms of:

  • Continued enhancement of meadows where seed has been added owing to the slow germination and establishment of long-lived perennial plants (as evidenced by our survey data)
  • Contractors involved in the project now have a new element to their business offer – seed harvesting and spreading using unique harvesting machines
  • Continuation of the North Pennines Smallholders Group which is now formally constituted and independently run by a team of dedicated committee members
  • People who we have worked with throughout the project (smallholders, volunteers, schools and community groups) have supported us in the development of a new plug planting project which we have now secured funding for
  • Ongoing availability of educational resources through the AONB Partnership website coupled with persistence of school and community nectar gardens

Volunteers choosing to continue working of their own volition on activities initiated through the project, particularly botanical survey, garden bumblebee surveys and scything Learning

  1. To use language and imagery that engage the target audience – North Devon is known for its sandy, surf beaches and its dramatic, un-spoilt coast. It is both a popular, family, beach destination and a specialist watersports and countryside access destination. Many residents and visitors do not engage with the specialist environmental terms of landscape, seascape and designations. They love the beach and its offerings of sea, sand, rocks, pools, marine creatures, birds and views. The project uses images and familiar language to reach people, with activities easily comprehensible to most people – rockpool ramble, seashore safari, beach clean, wildlife survey etc.
  2. To upskill local volunteers – providing a range of simple and specialist training in formal and informal settings so accessible to the widest range of people; giving confidence, enthusiasm, skills and knowledge to local people to provide a legacy from the project and continuation of the project’s activities after it finishes; to embed activities with local communities
  3. To provide meaningful volunteering opportunities – people like to ‘give’ which has significant benefits for their mental health. Beach cleans, beach surveys and wildlife surveys provide accessible and meaningful activities for a wide range of people – from children to adults, individuals and groups. Citizen science activities stimulate interest in the wider world, another boost to mental health and confidence but in an informal and indirect way.
  4. To use Social Media and stands at a wide range of events to reach new audiences – the Coastal Creatures theme has provided the AONB with a range of fun and engaging activities and displays that attract families, children and enthusiasts – a very different audience to recent formal consultations on special qualities and seascapes
Learning

 

The project was built on the foundation of the team’s previous extensive knowledge of upland hay meadows and existing relationships with farmers, smallholders and Natural England. We have secured the funds to ensure continuity of staff posts and one of the project officers has been working on upland hay meadows for the AONB Partnership since 2010. Earlier survey work demonstrated the presence of a rare bumblebee species in the North Pennines; this and the important role of bumblebees in pollinating our food gave us a clear and genuine reason for linking habitat restoration and community work.

The range and variety of opportunities we made available to volunteers enabled us to engage with large numbers of people throughout the project. Volunteers were able to develop their skills over time with increasingly more complex tasks. As a result, they were motivated and felt ownership of the project. Seeing their data being used to demonstrate the impact of our work was particularly important to them.

Through this project we developed excellent relationships with groups of people that the AONB Partnership has not engaged with before, most notably people living in residential care and the beekeeping community. This has not only increased people’s awareness of wild flowers and bumblebees but the role of the AONB Partnership too.

We developed a suite of well-targeted, innovative and enjoyable educational resources which are freely available for others to use through our website.

Support from funders has of course been essential for the project to succeed.

Links Keeping the North Pennines buzzing, Nectarworks project summary (YouTube)
Quote from nominee

This project shows what can be done when AONB teams can integrate sound science with habitat management, farmer engagement, inspiring local children and different communities of place and interest. As a result of this work, a key habitat is in better condition, more people are engaging with it, know more about it and care more about it. The project officers, Ruth Starr-Keddle and Mandy Oliver, have displayed a great range of skills and expertise in bringing everyone together to bring about the positive outcomes this project has enabled.

Quote from participant or someone who has benefitted

“Fantastic! It’s great to see the children so enthusiastic about learning and caring for the environment in fun, practical ways utilising the outdoors and local area. I was very impressed with their reading skills, standing up with self-confidence to recite the facts they have learnt regarding their own local environment and bio-diversity. I wish learning was this much fun when I was at school.”Rachael Richardson, Parent Governor – Rookhope Primary School.

Coastal Creatures

In which AONB(s) is the activity being carried out? North Devon AONB 

Rockpooling

Overview Coastal Creatures is a 2 year, externally funded project within the AONB providing an experienced and knowledgeable ‘education and interpretation’ officer. It was developed by the AONB Manager to broaden the engagement and reach of the AONB with communities within its boundaries, in the adjacent areas and with experts and enthusiasts from SW England. The project’s basis is the coastal wildlife of the AONB, making it accessible to residents, visitors and experts through a wide range of citizen science activities.

This project has been nominated as an illustration of outstanding partnership work between an AONB project officer (Cat Oliver), a community organisation of volunteers (Coastwise North Devon), a primary school (Combe Martin Sea School) and a community of beach care groups. Their achievement has been to reach new audiences for the AONB (schools, colleges, community groups, wildlife and marine experts) through citizen science, training, coastal experiences and beach cleans.

What was done In the first year:

  • Recruited a full time ‘education and interpretation officer’ to deliver the Coastal Creatures project (Cat Oliver);
  • Identify, survey and record coastal species and ecology; providing specialist training for identification and recording of species;
  • delivering 2/4 Bioblitzes on the Focus beaches in the AONB (Westward Ho!, Croyde, Lee Bay and Combe Martin);
  • providing volunteering work experience for local students;
  • providing sea school training to build confidence among local school staff;
  • working with the MBA to validate and upload collected data to the NBN;
  • provide new interpretation materials and social media communications about the project and its findings;
  • support a wide range of coastal activities for residents and visitors to increase understanding of coastal species and importance of the wildlife and landscape in the AONB;
  • provide activities in partnership with other local organisations; upskill local volunteers and partner organisations.
Outputs/Outcomes Outputs after first year: 1 FTE officer appointed; 57 people trained in citizen science survey skills; 2 coastal Bioblitzes delivered with 640 people attending; 293 citizen science volunteer opportunities contributed; 2 student volunteer placements provided; 18 beach cleans completed involving 700 volunteer opportunities; 6 MCS beach litter surveys completed; over £10,000 value of volunteer contributions to the project; 10 schools, 1 college and 1 pre-school group taken part in activities;

Outcomes – much closer and stronger working relationship between the AONB team and other local organisations (such as community interest groups, National Trust, Country Park team, National Park, district council staff, schools and museums); building working relationships with regional organisations (Marine Biological Association, Local Nature Partnership, Education and University groups, marine groups and organisations, wildlife groups, campaign organisations (SAS, 2 Minute Beach Clean, MCS); broadening the reach and activities of the AONB to better engage with schools, community groups, special interest groups, families, visitors and residents.

Learning
  1. To use language and imagery that engage the target audience – North Devon is known for its sandy, surf beaches and its dramatic, un-spoilt coast. It is both a popular, family, beach destination and a specialist watersports and countryside access destination. Many residents and visitors do not engage with the specialist environmental terms of landscape, seascape and designations. They love the beach and its offerings of sea, sand, rocks, pools, marine creatures, birds and views. The project uses images and familiar language to reach people, with activities easily comprehensible to most people – rockpool ramble, seashore safari, beach clean, wildlife survey etc.
  2. To upskill local volunteers – providing a range of simple and specialist training in formal and informal settings so accessible to the widest range of people; giving confidence, enthusiasm, skills and knowledge to local people to provide a legacy from the project and continuation of the project’s activities after it finishes; to embed activities with local communities
  3. To provide meaningful volunteering opportunities – people like to ‘give’ which has significant benefits for their mental health. Beach cleans, beach surveys and wildlife surveys provide accessible and meaningful activities for a wide range of people – from children to adults, individuals and groups. Citizen science activities stimulate interest in the wider world, another boost to mental health and confidence but in an informal and indirect way.
  4. To use Social Media and stands at a wide range of events to reach new audiences – the Coastal Creatures theme has provided the AONB with a range of fun and engaging activities and displays that attract families, children and enthusiasts – a very different audience to recent formal consultations on special qualities and seascapes
Quote from participant or someone who has benefitted

Quote from Paula Ferris, Coastwise North Devon “The Coastal Creatures project is proving to be everything we hoped for and more. Our group Coastwise North Devon gets to work with experts through local access to marine training workshops for the first time. We are developing biological skills to develop our conservation work led by the excellent project officer Cat Oliver. We get to put our new knowledge into practice through a programme of shore survey work that she has organised for us. Team building, improved communications skills and new member recruitment are happy by-products. Local marine habitats are finally getting the attention they deserve and the North Devon coast will benefit now and in the future thanks to the AONB.”

 

High Weald Heroes

In which AONB(s) is the activity being carried out? High Weald AONB
Overview High Weald Heroes (HWH) is a primary school education programme which aims to connect children with their local landscape heritage, increasing their sense of place and enabling them and the wider school community to learn about, value, access and care for the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The programme is based around a concept, ‘High Weald Heroes’ and 5 actions: Find Out About, Explore, Take Care of, Be Proud of and Enjoy. The actions are proactive and non-prescriptive leaving teachers and pupils room for discussion and creativity in their achievement. There are currently 80 High Weald Hero schools, 50 of which have developed Welly Walks (circular walks from the school gate). On average the Education Officer (0.6FTE) delivers 50 events – approximately 1800 learning sessions to 25 schools – per annum.
What was done The Concept
Schools are invited to become a HWH school through the head teacher and HWH is launched to teachers through an introductory information/training session and the wider community through a whole school High Weald assembly (where schools are awarded a HWH plaque). Schools then have responsibility for developing and delivering their own High Weald Heroes programme. They can develop their own projects, draw on the support package offered by the Partnership or draw on resources offered by other educational providers. Normally they develop a school programme which combines all three according to their needs. This approach means that the High Weald Hero activities that schools undertake extend well beyond those which are offered and supported by the Partnership’s Education officer.

Activities
The Education officer offers a ‘pick and mix’ package that can be tailored to the individual school or teacher’s needs. It includes wide-ranging education resources (many of which are supplied when the school joins) plus themed assemblies, themed lessons, teacher training and the development and delivery of a Welly Walk (a short circular walk from the schools gate using local R.O.W.). Creation of a Welly Walk is most popular with schools and involves an indoor mapping workshop, walking the route with a class or classes, production of a walks leaflet, a launch assembly and a whole school walk. Many walks, once developed, are used by schools on a regular basis.For a 3-year period, with HLF funding, the package was extended to include High Weald-themed drama workshops, art workshops and ‘songs and sounds’ workshops which were developed and delivered by other education providers working with the education officer.
Education resources that have been produced include: videos of historical characters, school-specific map sets (O.S, tithe, historic features), High Weald I-Spy booklet and other themed spotter sheets, online historic timeline and historic artefact handling boxes, activity cards for use in outdoor learning, themed lesson plans and a 10-week After-school Club Pack.A topic web has been created that shows teachers how the offered package can link to National Curriculum topics.

Outputs/Outcomes

 

Since the project started 80 primary schools have been engaged and 50 circular walks (leaflets) created.

  • On average the part-time Education Officer delivers:
  • 1800 learning (pupil) sessions p.a.
  • 6 new education resources p.a.
  • 30 outdoor walks/workshops p.a.
  • 4 new Welly Walks p.a. (enabling approximately 1200 children to explore the countryside around their school)
  • 14 indoor workshops p.a.
  • 12 teacher training/advisory sessions.
  • 6 school assemblies.
Learning

 

The programme was initiated by a former primary school teacher working for the Partnership in another capacity and was initially (5 years) delivered by trained primary school teachers. Their knowledge of the school day, national curriculum targets and lesson planning and delivery was invaluable in developing an offer that worked. Every school/teacher is different and key to success is being non-prescriptive, offering a ‘pick and mix’ of activities so that teachers can select the activities that fit their term theme and curriculum focus and making it easy!

Developing a Welly Walk has been the most popular activity and with the limited resources currently available to deliver the programme encouraging use of existing welly walks for different curriculum topics, and creating new walks, is a focus.

The current offer is more tailored to KS2 and evolution to meet KS1 needs would enable the whole school to embrace the programme more easily.

Ongoing and regular communication with a named contact at each school is essential and due to teacher turnover there is sometimes a need to relaunch the programme/Welly Walks within a school.

Links

 

www.highweald.org.uk/learn-about/education.htm
Quote from nominee

“This scheme is a very popular and cost-effective way of involving the area’s children with the countryside on their doorstep leaving welly walks as a long term and sustainable legacy” Gerry Sherwin, AONB Business Manager

Quote from participant or someone who has benefitted

“The scheme is openly available to High Weald schools. The resources are excellent and easy to access. The High Weald is history on the doorstep that is easy to access and the resources support this. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful and work well with the children” Bewbush Primary School