The sun shone over the Avon valley on Thursday, for the celebration of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s new 5 year Plan, that will guide the work of those who care for this protected landscape.
Following months of planning, consultation and partnership working, the new Plan was unveiled at a special event held in the heart of the AONB near Wigford Cross Loddiswell at the site of the new orchard and processing plant for Heron Valley Drinks.
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP officially launched the plan with the AONB Partnership Committee, which has been instrumental in helping devise new policies and actions, .
Dr Sarah Wollaston MP commented “ This plan clearly identifies ways in which the AONB Partnership will deliver for the local economy and communities helping them grow in a way that is sensitive to the area, as well as making the most of the landscape to improve their health and wellbeing.” Acting Chair of the AONB Partnership, Cllr Rosemary Rowe , said “South Devon AONB is a vibrant organisation working with, businesses, communities and schools; the projects identified in the Strategy and the Delivery Plan will deliver benefits in some key areas."
Project Officer of the South Devon AONB team Roger English, identified a number of themes for future work and stated, “We want to engage at the very forefront of landscape scale projects, for example, in developing the activity providers group ‘South Devon Outdoors’ using the environment as their economic driver and with farmers and contractors on a wood fuel from hedgerows project addressing rural fuel poverty.”
The event was kindly hosted by Tasha and Barney Green of Heron Valley Drinks. Tasha explained their plans for the new orchard and processing plant and the importance of the AONB location for their business; they are planning to start the new orchard planting this autumn. The Plan can be downloaded from 2014 -19 Management Plan