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HLF supports 60th Anniversary Celebrations

HLF supports 60th Anniversary Celebrations

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unit is delighted after securing support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards its Celebrating South Devon @60  programme. The protected landscape designation was confirmed in August 1960.


Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the campaign is wide ranging and plans to raise the profile of South Devon AONB as one of Britain’s finest protected landscapes, part of the AONB Network via  a programme which will be delivered from August 2020 – July 2021.


Key elements will look at life in the past, present and into the future.


Living here in the past – a series of mini-projects looking at specific events which have had an impact on our landscape –


Living and working here now  – a programme of visits, walks and talks, led by local people, about farming, fishing, boats and waterways, holidays and food in the AONB.


Living here in the future – A filmed, targeted, participative consultation with a range of groups, exploring what they think the AONB will look like in the future.



The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Stuart, McLeod Director, London & South said, “We are delighted to help mark and celebrate this important anniversary. The AONB is a designated exceptional landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are precious enough to be safeguarded in the national interest.’


Roger English, Manager of the South Devon AONB Unit commented ‘AONBs are protected and enhanced for nature, people, business and culture. We want this celebratory year to involve as many individuals, communities, and businesses  across the AONB  marking  its significance and promoting its wellbeing for now and the future.


Part of the programme will feature a [email protected]  walking challenge to raise funds for Young Carers to have days out enjoying a variety of  activities from surfing and canoeing to foraging and photography, in partnership with the South West Coast Path


The official launch  of the programme will take place on Monday 3rd August when representatives from the AONB Partnership and South West Coast Path team will walk a stretch of the 60 miles of  South West Coast Path in the AONB  from Broadsands to Berry Head.


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