On Thursday 11 January, the long-awaited Defra 25-year environmental plan was launched.
The plan forms the culmination of over 2 years of close work and consultation with environmental bodies, including the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB).
NAAONB Chairman, Philip Hygate, said “The National Association for AONBs welcomes the 25-year plan and sees it as an opportunity for AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards to work even more collaboratively with Government to conserve and enhance our outstanding landscapes.
Using their powers to convene, AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards have long engaged with and supported anyone who cares about our landscapes.
We recognise that maintaining vibrant and diverse local communities is essential to the future of AONBs and we will continue to work to improve the connection between people and nature. Part of this work is recognising that as dynamic, living landscapes, AONBs are important for the UK’s economy, so we will strengthen our relationships with landowners, farmers and other businesses to ensure a robust and sustainable local economy after Brexit.
We are confident that Management Plans, consulted on locally, and produced by the AONB Partnerships/Conservation Boards, provide the tools and opportunities to deliver the Government’s plans.
We believe that, together, we can achieve the Secretary of State’s ambition to halt the deterioration of our environment and restore and enhance the UK’s outstanding natural beauty.”