Simon's Blog - Working together
When my children were young they were really keen on the TV show ‘Bob the Builder’ one of the oft repeated phrases on the show was ‘working together to get the job done’. The repetition used to infuriate me, and the song became an ear worm. As time moves on and I am regaining sleep patterns and returning to a life without the assault of primary coloured toys constantly in my vision I have reflected on the phrase.
The outstanding landscapes of the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty rely on working together to at least try and get the job done. I say try as recent studies have shown a decline in the numbers of our wildlife species. In addition, we see almost daily threats to the landscape quality that so many people value highly and is such a driver for the tourism industry that is such an important part of the local economy.
We have recently distributed grants to individuals, organisations and businesses for work to contribute to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty in the nationally designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a great example of ‘working together’ as many of the recipient of the grants bring individuals and organisations together to the benefit of wildlife and landscape.
This is not the only example, volunteers across the nationally designated landscapes work together on wildlife, access and wildlife habitat projects that will bring benefits to others. Those undertaking development within the outstanding landscapes often work with experts to offset any damage that might be caused by the development by delivering mitigation and offsetting projects.
We encourage this working together through the production of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan. The concept of this plan is to co-ordinate work to benefit the natural beauty of the area. As you may have read in the this newspaper we are currently consulting on the plan for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths. If you would like to share your thoughts on this plan see the consultation link on our website.
First published in the East Anglian Daily Times on 31 March 2108