Champion Bowland

Activities

Great Stone, Bentham (Jon Brook)

Report now produced and available to view at https://www.forestofbowland.com/Plans-Strategies-Reports

30th September 2018

Annual Report for the financial year 2014-15 produced and available on the AONB website.

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015

The N4N project aimed to help create a living network of nectar hubs for bees and other pollinating invertebrates across the AONB by creating small patches of species rich grassland and corn field annual patches, mainly on non-farmed land such as in school grounds, businesses and community spaces.

The project created 25 nectar patches, 7 mini-meadows and worked at a field scale to restore 35 ha of meadows as well. The project worked with 10 community groups, 6 private landowners, 10 businesses and 5 schools. We organised 12 public events, attracting 170 people.

1st April 2014 to 31st March 2016

Secured HLF funding to run an anniversary "Bowland Scrapbook" project to capture memories, stories and mementoes of the AONB during the past 50 years.  Project administered by Champion Bowland and delivered by external project manager with support from of a range of volunteers.

1st April 2014 to 31st October 2014

Delivery of the Bowland Anniversary Awards, designed to recognise the dedication and enthusiasm of some of the many landowners, businesses, community groups and individuals who help to make the Forest of Bowland such a special place.  Winners chosen in seven categories, reflecting the breadth of work which takes place in the AONB.  Nominations invited, shortlisted entries judged and winners announced at a special gala event towards the end of the anniversary year.  Sponsors of the event included: Green Tourism, United Utilities, Countryscape, Grosvenor Estates, Duchy of Lancaster, Lord of Bowland,  Life for a Life Memorial Forests and Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition.

10th February 2014 to 1st November 2014

Actions

2.3 Community Engagement
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
2.3B Support communities in undertaking projects and activities which help to conserve, enhance, celebrate and interpret the local environment within the AONB landscape
Support at least 6 community projects per year
Annually
Support 2 'Networks for Nectar' community engagement projects
2015
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2.3I Manage the AONB Sustainable Development Fund
Support at least 4 SDF projects per year
Annually
Review working arrangements and annual budget
2014
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2.3J Continue to support and develop further the opportunities for visitor giving and fundraising through Champion Bowland to raise awareness of the AONB and its special qualities
Develop and agree visitor-giving schemes
2014
Identify 10 individual businesses to link with local projects to conserve and enhance the AONB.
2 businesses per year
Provide annual update on the funds allocated.
Annually
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2.3K Raise awareness of the AONB's 50th Anniversary (2014) by encouraging partners, communities and businesses to celebrate and link with the anniversary year
Organise fund-raising events and activities to raise £5,000 for Champion Bowland
2014
Involve tourism businesses and communities in delivery of at least 3 anniversary events/activities
2014
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3.3 Visitor Management
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.3C Investigate the potential to link 'honeypot' site projects with 'visitor-giving' schemes
Countryside Site Managers involved in development of Champion Bowland visitor-giving schemes
2014
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3.6 Audience Development
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
3.6F Maintain and update information on 'open farms', particularly those providing educational access through Environmental Stewardship Schemes
Review and update at least once per year
Annually
Review Farm Visit Transport Fund
2014
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4.2 Funding
Action Targets and Timescales Partners
4.2A Implement recommendations of the AONB Fundraising Strategy (2013) to manage Partnership budgets effectively and help attract external funding from a range of sources into the future
Implement strategy recommendations
2019
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4.2E Continue to work closely with Champion Bowland to encourage donations/visitor-giving initiatives and applications to the funds managed by the charitable company
Engage in Champion Bowland review of company funds management (e.g. Farm Visit Transport, Small Projects and Sustainable Development Funds)
2014
Engage in development of visitor-giving schemes
2014
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