Funded Projects: old, new and yet to happen?! Cathy's Blog
Outstanding Week has been a great celebration of the AONB Family’s people and places all around the UK, highlighting the varied ways AONBs build an understanding of the conservation and enhancement of these Outstanding Landscapes. And it was an opportunity for us to increase awareness of some of the grants we have.
In the Dedham Vale we held a Farm Walk celebrating the work done by a landowner to improve habitat and breeding for Grey Partridge, one of the ‘Arable Six’ of declining farmland bird species (the others being lapwing, corn bunting, tree sparrow, turtle dove and yellow wagtail). Not only did we have some great sightings of Grey Partridge but we also raised money for the Stour Valley Environment Fund.
It was great to talk to so many people at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival – everyone seemed so proud and appreciative of all the local produce on offer, and wanting to hear more about what the Suffolk/Essex AONBs do. The Fringe Festival, supported with a grant from the AONB Sustainable Development Fund, continues until Saturday 8 October, and is a great chance to visit many places that grow and celebrate food!
As featured in last weekend’s eaenvironment we have launched a new fund with Suffolk Secrets. The application deadline is Thursday 10 November, for activities to be undertaken in 2017. Suffolk Secrets has been an AONB Supporter for a long time and this is one more way they are supporting our Outstanding Landscapes! They raise money on behalf of the AONB from staff activities and with their loyal customers contributing too. Many other organisations in both AONBs do the same, so please get in touch if you have an idea for a fund raising activity or wish to donate in some way – all the money we raise goes directly into projects to enhance the two AONBs.
First available in the EADT on Sat 1 October 2016