Action plan

2.3 Community Engagement
Action Targets and Timescales Key Partner(s) Activities Status Flag
2.3A Raise the profile of services and support offered by the AONB Partnership amongst community groups, parish councils and local businesses
Develop and deliver a series of 'Know your AONB' events for community groups, parish councils and businesses
By 2017
6 Ongoing View
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
17 Ongoing View
2.3C Assist communities to identify sources of funding to resource the delivery of community projects and activities
Assist at least 4 community groups per year
Annually
2 Ongoing View
2.3D Raise the profile of community projects and activities where appropriate, through all AONB Partnership communications channels
Include information on at least 6 community projects in AONB e-bulletins per year
Annually
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2.3E Continue to support local parish lengthsman schemes within the AONB to assist in the conservation and enhancement of AONB communities
Continue support for up to 6 parish lengthsman schemes
2014 – 2016
Review support for parish lengthsman schemes
Annually
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2.3F Establish new funding sources for the local parish lengthsman schemes to supplement AONB support
Develop a fundraising plan for AONB parish lengthsman schemes in consultation with Parish Councils
2014
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2.3G Support the development of ' Friends of Bowland' group as a focus for volunteering activity with the AONB
Attend meetings, where appropriate
Annually
Hold 3 joint training activities/events per year
Annually
Promote events and activities via website and local press
Annually
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2.3H Continue to support the involvement of volunteer rangers in managing recreational facilities in the AONB (e.g. Bowland Visitor Centre at Beacon Fell)
Hold 3 volunteer training events/courses for volunteer rangers per year
Annually
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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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2.4 Sustainable Tourism
Action Targets and Timescales Key Partner(s) Activities Status Flag
2.4A Develop resources and a series of training sessions to enable businesses to develop bespoke visitor experiences from their door e.g. rainy day guides, car free itineraries, access opportunities
Support 40 businesses through workshops and one-to-one sessions
2019
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2.4B Investigate new ways for tourism businesses to network that complement face-to-face networking opportunities
Hold meeting with tourism businesses to discuss improved networking
2014
Implement new networking practices agreed
2014
Review networking arrangements and make changes where necessary
Annually
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2.4C Continue to offer and further develop the Sense of Place training and familiarisation visits for businesses
Update the digital toolkit
2015
Deliver 5 training courses and familiarisation visits
1 per year
Support 25 businesses
2019
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2.4D Continue to encourage local retailers, pubs and restaurants to source, stock and utilise and promote local produce
Recruit and support 15 new BEx members from food-related businesses
2017
2 Ongoing View
2.4E Encourage and support local authorities to develop and promote 'Top 10' AONB visitor experiences which are accessible from gateway towns and cities
'AONB Top 10' promoted by at least 2 local authorities
2017
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2.4F Identify and promote opportunities based on seasonal activities to help encourage year-round (or 'off-peak') tourism - e.g. seasonal routes/trails, seasonal produce, bird-watching, fishing, geo-tourism and dark skies)
Workshop held to highlight the opportunities for year-round tourism.
2016
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2.4G Continue to support the development of business clusters in the provision and marketing of 'tourism packages' e.g. Bowland wildlife website and Gisburn Forest Bike trails
Develop 2 business cluster projects
2019
3 View
2.4H Continue to develop, promote and review downloadable routes for the website, including access for all, walking, cycling & horse riding; encouraging use of public transport wherever possible
Develop up to 6 news routes annually.
Annually
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2.4I Support opportunities to develop and promote 'Gisburn Forest and Stocks' as a destination for cycling, walking and riding
New branding and visitor information rolled out for Gisburn Forest and Stocks
2014 onwards
Investigate potential to divert bus route to link with Gisburn Forest Hub
2014
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2.4J Investigate the role of mobile technologies to provide an enhanced visitor experience, recognising the limitations of the telecommunications network in the AONB
Produce a mobile-friendly version of the AONB website
2015
Develop at least 3 mobile apps for walking, cycling and local produce/crafts
2019
5 Ongoing View
2.4K Continue to work with tourism operators and businesses to develop car-free activities and walks from the businesses e.g. business-specific downloadable route maps
Develop 2 business-specific downloadable route maps per year
Annually
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