70th anniversary National Moment at South Down farm, Malborough

Host South Devon AONB

At 3pm on the 21st September, South Devon will be joining other AONBs across the country in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act which paved the way for the legislation to create the UK’s 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There will be a ploughed heart around which a selection of old and new tractors and ploughs will gather to demonstrate the changes in cultivation that have taken place over the past 70 years.

The 1949 Act that paved the way for the creation of AONBs was part of the post-World War Two democratic settlement efforts which saw the government rebuilding a sense of national identity and thanking citizens for their sacrifices during the war.

The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks that were designated as a result of the act were envisioned as partner organisations to the NHS which was created in 1948. Giving people access to the countryside for exercise, enjoyment and mental health benefits was considered a preventative measure; while the NHS was designed to help people if they became sick.

Partner organisations and community organisations will also be joining us at the event and there will be a drone to record the spectacle in this iconic location.September.

The event takes place at the beginning of Landscapes for Life week which runs until 29th September.