The Partnership

Delivery of the AONB Management Plan is encouraged through effective partnership working, rather than through enforcement. Since it was constituted in 1986, the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) has been responsible for strategic liaison and decision-making between the wide range of partner organisations and interests within the AONB.

JAC visit Bowland Knotts 2014The AONB JAC objectives are to: l Protect, conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the Forest of Bowland AONB l Promote the sustainable social and economic development of the area, particularly where such activity conserves and enhances the environment l Encourage enjoyment of the area where it is consistent with the first two objectives The current JAC membership comprises the following organisations: 

  • Lancashire County Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Craven District Council
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Preston City Council
  • Ribble Valley Borough Council
  • Wyre Council
  • Lancashire Association of Local Councils (representing Parish Councils)
  • Yorkshire Local Councils Association (representing Parish Councils)
  •  Natural England
  • United Utilities plc
  • Environment Agency
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • The Ramblers Association
  • Moorland Association
  • Bowland Land Managers Forum
  • Bowland Sustainable Tourism Network
  • Champion Bowland (A registered charity, which supports the aims and objectives of the AONB Partnership)
  • Friends of Bowland (‘Friends’ group to support volunteering in the Forest of Bowland) 

Other Partnership support

The AONB also benefits from other, additional personnel who work in support of the AONB Partnership. These include: l Staff and volunteer rangers from both Lancashire County Council Countryside Service and Wyre Coast and Countryside Service working in the AONB. These services focus primarily on access and visitor management in the AONB’s gateways, country parks and other “honeypot” sites l Parish Lengthsman Schemes (supported by the AONB Partnership) operate within the parishes of Barley-w-Wheatley Booth, Blacko, Bolton-by-Bowland and Gisburn Forest, Downham, Goldshaw Booth, Higham-w-West Close Booth, Lawkland, Newton-in-Bowland, Pendleton, Roughlee Booth, Sabden, Sawley and Wiswell. The parish lengthsmen carry out small-scale environmental improvement and maintenance tasks on behalf of, and working with, the local community l Other key AONB partner organisations involved in the delivery of Management Plan actions include: Natural England; the Environment Agency; United Utilities; the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside; RSPB; Rivers Trusts, landowners and farmers; tourism businesses; community and voluntary groups and parish councils