Charities across the UK are today joining forces to campaign for the protection and enhancement of our treasured landscapes.
Encompassing 27 national and regional organisations, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, National Trust, British Mountaineering Council and Wilderness Foundation, the coalition is believed to be the largest ever to be formed on this issue.
Ahead of May’s general election, the coalition aims to raise the profile of landscape and to emphasise the importance of landscapes to our wellbeing, environment and economy.
With ongoing speculative development in and around sensitive areas, such as National Parks and AONBs, the varied group of organisations believes that it is vital for future government policy and funding to reflect the extraordinary value of landscapes.
The Landscapes for Everyone vision is supported in parliament today by Natural Environment Minister Lord de Mauley, Shadow Minister for Natural Environment Barry Gardiner MP, and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs Baroness Parminter. The vision calls for better landscapes for people, better planning for landscape and better places for nature.
CLICK HERE to read the Landscapes for Everyone leaflet.
At nearly 5km and removing up to 36 poles, the Walkhampton scheme is the largest to be undertaken in the South West region by Western Power Distribution. The old overhead line was readily visible from the B3212 Princetown to Yelverton Road, strung across Walkhampton Common from Devil's Elbow to just above Horseyeatt at Peek Hill. The works to provide the new underground supply were mainly undertaken on the highway to minimise the impact on the sensitive moorland landscape, its archaeology, wildlife and livestock.
A new online survey seeks the views of resident and visitors about how they view Dartmoor and what could be done to broaden opportunities for the area.
Resources for Change have been asked to undertake work on behalf of the Dartmoor National Park, who lead on the development of the Moor than meets the eye project which has been funded by the Heritage lottery Fund (HLF). The landscape area of Moor than meets the eye is the Eastern Part of Dartmoor around Widecombe.
With money from Heritage Lottery Fund the aim is:
- to conserve the unique historic landscape and its natural habitats which tell the story of human influence over thousands of years
- to significantly enhance physical and intellectual access to the heritage landscape for everyone to enjoy.
- to develop new ways to increase community involvement and understanding of the historic and natural landscape and improve the ability of local people to share, celebrate and enjoy their local landscape
- to sustain a living and working landscape by encouraging and facilitating business opportunities that capture the value of the landscape
- to develop a well trained and co-ordinated volunteer workforce for the area to help conserve and interpret the area’s heritage both now and in future years
- We would like your thoughts and ideas on how you use the area, whether opportunities for people can be broadened and how this could be achieved. It would help the development of the project considerably if you would take a few minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire by clicking on this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mtmte-consultation
In commenting on the survey Resources for Change have said
"The results, (which will not be attributed to individuals) will be used to help design an exciting next phase for the Moor than meets the eye project and hopefully secure more lottery funding for this fascinating landscape."
Moor than Meets the Eye has provoked a lively debate among local interest groups and this is influencing the nature and scope of the projects which will be undertaken as part of the scheme. If you have views about how the scheme should be implemented you should have a look at the survey.
Members of the Exmoor Society were made extremely welcome by the DPA on the occasion of the societies’ third joint walk on Saturday 19th May. Derek and Bob were knowledgeable and informative guides, while Val was (just like last year) most considerate to those among us who do not manage hills and rough ground as well as our Dartmoor hosts! And everyone else was just so friendly.
On Tuesday 12th June there will be another chance to visit the Mires Project to learn about the latest developments. Frances Cooper from DNPA will lead the trip and it is hoped that scitentists from Exeter University will be in attendance to explain some of the technicalities of the project.