WINNER Colmers Hill Sunset By James Loveridge LRThe Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretches across almost half of the county – giving many of us a nationally important landscape right on our doorstep.

During August and September, local people are being asked to pitch in their views about what they think is special and what needs to be done to keep it so.


The question comes from the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, which is reviewing the 5-year Management Plan for the area.

Tom Munro, Dorset AONB Team Manager explained “It’s an important time for us to step back and think about what the priorities for the landscape are over the next 5 years. We’re asking local people to take a step back too and think about what they think is special about the landscape and what urgently needs doing to pass it onto our next generations in good shape”

The Dorset AONB isn’t just one fine landscape but a collection of great landscapes, each with their own very special feel. You can travel from one side of the AONB to the other and experience heaths, downs, valleys and vales – each with different views, wildlife, walks and ways of working. The new Plan records how special the landscapes are now but it also looks ahead to the opportunities that such a rich landscape holds for people in the future.

Tom added “We know that the landscape already makes a real difference to people’s lives – the food they eat, the places they walk the dog or sit and relax, the setting for their business … but what is actually special to them and what more can the landscape do for them in the future?”

The Dorset AONB Team would love to hear your views about what or where do YOU think is special and what would be the top of your list to make the landscape better? Simply fll in a short online questionnaire which will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

As a thank you, respondees can be entered into a free draw for a chance to win one of 3 Dorset Food & Drink Hampers woth £50, at the end the public consultation period.

The Dorset AONB Partnership will also welcome more detailed comments on the content of the Draft Dorset AONB Management Plan and you can find the Draft Management Plan and Feedback Form here.

Comments on the draft Plan will be welcomed between 8th August and 3rd October 2018 when the Plan can be found at libraries and council offices, on the Dorset AONB website or on request from the Dorset AONB Team - / 01305 228246.  

Photo: Colmer's Hill Sunset by James Loveridge, winner of the Dorset AONB Photo Competition


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